Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Remember 4th of July?

Photo by Dori, wikimedia commons
I love the 4th of July. It is one of my favorite holidays, perhaps because it is rooted in history...and I love potato salad. When I was younger, the 4th of July was a holiday spent with friends and family to have fun and celebrate not just our country's independence, but to celebrate generation after generation of Americans that have made our country what it is today.

Yesterday, on a drive around town I became completely disenfranchised with the American way. I could count on one hand the retail stores and restaurants that were closed. When I was younger the only things open were gas stations and my family even felt guilty about using those. "No one should have to work on a holiday," my father always says. There are obvious exceptions...hospitals, police stations, etc. But do the warehouse box stores really need to be open? Do we really need to buy a box fan or a can of paint on a holiday? No. Things can wait a day. I couldn't help but be sad and remember the old days where you made sure had what you needed to celebrate holidays BEFORE the holiday. It comes down to the almighty dollar and America's need to get it.

I suppose what upsets me the most is based in selfishness. Everything was open yesterday, a national holiday. How long will it be before business men and women wonder to themselves: "everything else is open why should I lose a day of business for this holiday?" Before you know it, we'll all be working...bar-b-cues and parades a thing of the past. I truly hope that 10 years from now I'm not writing my fourth of July rant blog post from my office desk.


Debi Austen said...

It is sad. I wonder when Independence Day will be celebrated on the first Sunday in July (or something) so that people can have a three day weekend - or not if they have to work.

zelsersk said...

I agree, it is very sad. Our country has a hard time shutting down for a few days a year, spending time with family and friends, and honoring those who gave up so much so that our country exists.

Liz said...

I so agree, Heather! It has bothered me for years that so many stores and restaurants are now open on Sunday. And now holidays! The problem is, however, that many people must be frequenting these stores on Sundays and holidays or they would not be open on those days.