To say that we have the greatest Hometown Fourth of July Celebration is highly subjective, but I’ll say it anyway! After all, beauty (or in this case celebrating) is in the eye of the beholder.
Objectively, I can say without hesitation that we have always worked extremely hard to make it the best possible celebration of our country’s birth. Years ago, I took over from Lee Skinner as parade chairman and soon learned just how hard people like Alma Magleby, his sister Julia Mohr, and so many others were working for months in advance to make it a first-class celebration.
We have a great celebration planned over the coming week, thanks to the tireless efforts of City Councilmember Kevin Arrington and his committee. I urge you to invite and enjoy. Go to the programs and pageants. Cheer on the float makers. Participate in the activities and support others who do. Eat to your heart’s content, and wrap it all up with a marvelous fireworks show! And don’t forget the businesses, the service organizations and the individuals who are working hard so the rest of us can have fun!
A few things have changed for me. I used to be able to eat a Navajo taco, run around the park for ten seconds, and be ready for another one. I could haul hay in the morning, play baseball in the afternoon, then chase girls until it was their curfew. Then I’d do it all over again the next day. I could also sleep standing up and run barefoot on the side of the road (at least that’s the way I remember it)!
Enjoy the Fourth! Love the time spent with family and friends. And please, think safety at all times and buckle up. Remember, Zero Fatalities is the only acceptable goal. God Bless America!Mayor David Ogden