WLOX Editorial: Celebrate July 4th on the actual day

As another holiday arrives, we urge you to take a few moments to reflect on the sacrifices of our forefathers 237 years ago. The signers of the Declaration of Independence, some of whom were not even born in America, put their lives at risk by standing up and declaring independence. If you haven't read it in a while, maybe you should.

This year once again, the 4th will be celebrated much like the 1st anniversary of the Declaration of Independence; when there were speeches, prayers, parades, music, lots of red white and blue bunting, and plenty of fireworks.

Unlike Memorial Day and Labor Day, which are always observed on a Monday; giving us all a long weekend, Independence Day is always observed on July 4th, no matter what day of the week on which it falls.

It has been suggested that we do the same for Independence Day and observe it on the first Monday in July. We disagree. We like celebrating Independence Day on July 4th.

So this year we will celebrate life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness on a Thursday. After all, July 4th, 1776 was also, a Thursday.

That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to editorials@wlox.com, or post your comments below.

Rick Williams
WLOX-TV General Manager

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