Red, White & Blue

For many of us, the summer is a really special, jam-packed, and socially vibrant time of year. July is the month of everything that is awesome as far as I’m concerned (and not just because it’s my birthday month, I swear). One of the many things that makes this month so great is that we start it off with one of our nation’s most precious holidays. On July 4th, we will stop and celebrate the day that so perfectly embodies what our country is truly all about: grilling burgers, playing with sparklers, and enjoying an iced cold summer brew. I, personally, will be partaking in all three of these activities, thus proving that I am seriously dedicated my patriotism. But on more serious, no, not serious (who am I kidding?) sentimental note, we all know that July 4th is really all about valuing our favorite American traditions and past times with the people we care about.

This country has come a long way since 1776, and even in my short 23 (almost 24, did I mention my birthday is this month?) years I have seen a lot of change from the big stuff, like politics and the economy, to the small stuff like fashion and music trends. We all have a lot to be thankful for, a lot of be mindful of, and a lot to be hopeful for in the future. By observing our Independence Day on Wednesday, my goal for myself and for others, is to put my iPhone down, stay off Facebook, give Instagram a rest, and just take in the wonderful world around me. Lately it has become all too easy to lose sight of the wholesome importance of the traditions we have. On Wednesday, I want to remember just how good it feels just to be a part of what makes the good ole U-S of A so darn special.

There is no doubt in my mind that if our founding fathers were here today, they would have a similar charge for us all on Wednesday: be with your family, blast Bruce Springsteen, eat fresh blueberries, hug your best friends, go watch the fireworks, and, most importantly, don’t forget sunscreen!

Happy 4th of July!