The numerous activities over the coming days should give anyone and everyone a reason to gussie up, put on a fresh face, and let loose a little. It is summer, the weather is warm, and the rough days of last fall and winter are behind us. Why not celebrate a little? Independence Day is here and the accompanying parades, fireworks, strolls, art openings, and the like are all around.
After all, no one in the region was unaffected, either from Irene’s flood waters or the sour economy made worse by the lack of snow this winter. So many were affected in some way, shape, or form, from Wardsboro to Wilmington to Readsboro and points in between.
That’s why it is so heartening to see traditional celebrations taking place in those three towns, and other towns in the area as well. It shows that the spirit, the energy, the drive that folks have put into just hanging on over the past 10 months is still there. It would have been easy for volunteer organizers in any town here to say “Enough” and pull the plug. But instead, just the opposite appears to be true. The energy and drive seems to be there in spades, and we all benefit from those efforts.
To those who have volunteered their time and energy to help pull together the areas’ Independence Day celebration events, thank you. Now the fun can begin, and the best thing everyone can do is go out and enjoy themselves at one, two, or more activities over the next few days.
It’s time to celebrate, both our country’s independence and our collective communities’ resilience.