Archive for Thursday, July 7, 2011

Happy birthday, America!

July 7, 2011

This year is the 235th Anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Happy Birthday America, the greatest country in the world…

On July 4, Lansing had its 11th annual Fireworks Extravaganza this year at the Kenneth W. Bernard Park, west of Lansing. Mother Nature outdid herself this year in giving us perfect weather. The park was laid out nicely for parking and so well organized. We were there early and took out our folding chairs to set up in an open area in front of the cars. We had time to watch the crowd gather while eating a picnic lunch with my brother and his wife. By the time the fireworks started the open area was full of folks, moms, dads,and kids with lots of room to play. There were folding chairs all in rows from one end to the other, even blankets for the little ones to play on. The Historical Society had a booth and sold cold drinks, and another vendor selling ice cream was close by. Both were kept very busy.

I have to commend all the city staff and organizers for a job well done. The fireworks were outstanding, and I think the best ever, but then I say that every year. The patriotic music was beautiful and really got us in the mood as Terry Huhn started it off singing the “Star-Spangled Banner” and a group of children recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Way to go, Lansing!

We had a chance to meet residents of Lansing parked next to us that we did not know, and that is always special. We now have new friends and enjoyed the time visiting while the parking lot was clearing out after it was over. At a time like that, there is no way you can be in a hurry. The police officers were great too and kept everything under control.

All in all it was a perfect evening. I am so glad we are a part of this great community.

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