Congratulations! We’ve made it past the halfway point of 2020, and that alone is worth celebrating.

 

Congratulations! We’ve made it past the halfway point of 2020, and that alone is worth celebrating. Summer is here, and July 4th is upon us.

This year’s Independence Day may look and feel different than the previous ones. We may not be able to celebrate quite as openly, but it’s more important than ever that we celebrate what the day symbolizes. We can remember what makes us alike instead of what drives us apart, and be reminded that we are all playing for the same team. On this day we watch in awe as fireworks light up the skies, knowing that we’re all watching the show under the same banner of freedom. These are the ideas that unite us as Americans, whether we’re physically together or not.

That freedom is what allows us to pursue and fulfill our dreams. Is there anything more patriotic and American than investing in real estate, owning a home, and creating a better life for our families? On this day we recognize what has been sacrificed for our right to choose our own destinies.

On that note, don’t despair because there are fewer ways to celebrate this year- get creative instead, and be proud that your own small sacrifice will help to protect the lives of others in your community.

Fireworks are still a great way to show your pride. It has been an American tradition since the first July 4th celebrations in 1777! Just be mindful if you have any veterans in the family, as the sounds and smells of fireworks can be triggering. Make sure your pets are safe and secure too!

You may not be able to invite the whole neighborhood over, but still there is nothing to stop you from having a classic 4th of July barbecue with your family. Hot dogs and beer, ribs and potato salad, cupcakes, outdoor games, crafts with the kids… What could be better?

To mark America’s 224th birthday, I’ll leave you with this:

“The American, by nature, is optimistic. He is experimental, an inventor, and a builder who builds best when called upon to build greatly.” — John F. Kennedy

Happy Independence Day!