Like many of you, I regularly travel from one end of our country to the other. And on this Independence Day, I think about how many small towns, cities and neighborhoods I have flown over that are celebrating our nation’s liberation from England and commemorating our Declaration of Independence 241 years ago.
Today, I’m going to tune out the noise, the media feuds, the debate, the divisiveness and the polarization, and remember that we are one nation, a nation that still holds the promise of unity through our Constitution, our laws, our freedoms and our optimism. Today is a day to bond over our similarities, instead of fracture along our differences.
Today, I’m going to a parade with fire trucks, antique cars, kids on bikes, home-made floats, high school marching bands and cars driven by local politicians.
Those of us watching along the parade route will hold flags passed out by the local community leaders, which we will wave proudly. Together, we will salute our country to honor our forefathers and in tribute to our youth, who are getting more committed to bettering our world with each generation.
I will remember what a privilege it is to live in the United States and what is possible if we never lose sight of what it took to get to this place in history. I will be grateful for the continued peace, the promise of prosperity and the basic rights we have as citizens of what I still believe is a country defined as a “shining city upon a hill.”
So, let’s all say hi to a stranger, call a friend or family member who voted for the other candidate and make amends, maybe read the Constitution, enjoy the fireworks, and mostly just celebrate America and think about what we can all do tomorrow, on July 5th, to help us be the country that lives up to the ideals, promise and possibilities that inspire us to be the best version of ourselves.
Wishing you a meaningful and proud Independence Day.