DON’T have a Happy 4th of July.

Posted July 2nd, 2010 by Jim Ettwein

It’s my own personal campaign to eradicate this incorrect usage in the name of one of our most honored holidays.  Of course I’m talking about Independence Day.  Many patriots fought long and hard centuries ago to gain our independence from England.  To use the date, instead of the name of the holiday, diminishes it.  Each year, fewer and fewer people will remember why we’re celebrating this day.  They’ll remember the car sales, the discounts at the mall, the picnics.  But they’ll have forgotten what it’s all about.

We don’t do this for other holidays (although I hesitate to point them out since it might be in the works)… we don’t say Merry 25th of December.  When you hear people use this term, remind yourself, and then remind them, what it’s really all about.

On Sunday, 4th of July, Mrs. RR and I will be in Boston in the morning to listen to them read the Declaration of Independence, not the Declaration of the 4th of July.  We’re celebrating our freedom by honoring all who fought to make it free and keep it free.  Join us.  rr

2 Responses to “DON’T have a Happy 4th of July.”

  1. Tom Gilroy

    I agree with your campaign and while your on way into Boston stop in Arlington, give the School Committee “a slap on the side head” and tell them to obey the Massachusetts law and recite the Pledge of Allegiance in all of their schools every day. A very happy and patriotic Independence Day to you and Mrs. RR.

  2. asusue

    I agree, except that Sunday is the holiday, not Monday.