Fireworks and American Independence Day celebrations go together like apple pie and ice cream. Even though fireworks were invented in China in the ninth century during the Tang Dynasty, watching fireworks on the day that we celebrate our independence from the British is an American rite of passage.
Everyone has a favorite type of firework or place to see them. I’ve lived in this area since 1989, and there is nothing as spectacular as seeing fireworks on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. But, if you would rather stay local, this month’s cover story by Marianne Weaver, “Oh, Say Can You See…Where to Catch the Area’s Best Fourth of July Fireworks” showcases many places right in our backyard.
Our Destinations piece this month is perfect since our fight for American independence started with a tea party in Boston. If you want to have a less raucous tea party, we have some local locations for you to venture to in “Welcome in a Tea Cup” by Carla Christiano.
If your child is considering attending college, this month’s Lifelong Learning by Jennifer Lazzo is for you. “It’s Never Too Early to Plan for College” is an excellent roadmap for parents and students.
Fireworks always seem more interesting and fun when music is involved. Although this month’s musicians don’t play at firework shows, On a High Note is still an interesting read. Dan Verner’s article “Guitars and Lives in Sync,” profiling a local father-daughter duo.
Letter writing is a lost art. In this month’s Giving Back, Helena Tavares Kennedy’s article “Spreading Hope, One Letter at a Time” profiles a local nonprofit organization that has donated more than 10,000 letters to inmates, who are in desperate need of hope.
Here’s to celebrating 242 years of American independence. Stay safe and enjoy!
Kim Howard, CAE
Editor in Chief