Fun Fact . . .
On July 4th, the Continental Congress formally adopted the Declaration of Independence. Though the vote for actual independence took place on July 2nd, from then on the 4th became the day that was celebrated as the birth of American independence.
The United States of America was founded on ideals of freedom, justice and liberty. With all that we are seeing with the riots and protests in the news; I think this year it's especially important to take a moment to reflect on those ideals and principles as we celebrate the country’s independence. I think it’s important to contemplate whether the ideals people look at as inherently American are equally bestowed to all citizens of this country . . . to remember the people who have sacrificed to make the United States a safer and more just home for all Americans. I believe one of the most patriotic acts we can do this 4th of July is to look inward, reflect on our own privileges and biases, and make active choices to ensure the America that exists in reality is one that exemplifies the values and moral fortitude that those who fought for our freedoms intended.
July 4th is a wonderful celebration for all Americans. A time we look forward to friends and communities coming together for all-day festivals of vendors and games along with red, white and blue decorations hanging throughout the city . . . kids waving flags, the smell of all-American foods like hot dogs and hamburgers grilling as we listen to our favorite patriotic songs, all in anticipation for the grand fireworks display at sundown.
Unfortunately, the forecast for many of this year’s 4th of July weekend plans is looking relatively quiet and dark in a lot of our communities. The coronavirus pandemic has put a damper on numerous public festivals and fireworks displays.
However, there are still ways to enjoy the day keeping social distancing in mind. Staying at home and having your own little party with your quarantine pod is a safe bet, but if you would like to step out, our Crawfordsville Parks and Recreation Department is still planning its annual fireworks show on Saturday! It doesn't hurt to take extra precautions such as wearing a mask and keeping six-feet apart just to be extra safe. I wish everyone a happy Fourth of July. Stay safe and stay healthy and remember . . . we're all in this together!
July 4 Schedule-
Crawfordsville Parks and Recreation-
Milligan Park will have food trucks and fireworks from 7 p.m. to 10 p,m,
Raccoon Lake- Bellmore Volunteer Fire Department hosts Raccoon Lake Fireworks at Cecil M. Harden Lake, Saturday at 10 p.m.
New Richmond- Canceled
Upcoming Events . . .
Crawfordsville Municipal Golf Course has a 4th of July Scramble Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets available at Check out their Facebook page for more information.
Shop your local street vendors at Crawfordsville Farmers Market located at 100 W. Pike St. on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Stacey Baschwit works at The Paper of Montgomery County, along with her many other duties, and writes a weekly column about the people, places and events that make up her world.