As you enjoy your parades,
and your barbeques,
and the fireworks,
Take a moment to be thankful that you live in America. It's not perfect. It definitely has a million issues. But put those aside for today, and be thankful to live in a place where you have the freedom to watch your parades, and attend your barbeques, and revel in the joy of fire in the sky.
And if you happen to find the opportunity, thank a soldier for all he's sacrificed in the name of that freedom.