Mindfully Celebrating

Happy Fourth! It’s a great day to celebrate our independence from Britain and the beginning of our country!

It’s also important to keep in mind that our country was occupied before we got here. We colonized North America over top of indigenous nations who already lived here, forcing them out of their homes and off of their land.

Wearing red white and blue today is a fun way to celebrate our freedom as a nation!

It’s also important to remember that not everyone is free in today’s America, nor were they when our country was created. The Black community still fights for equity and freedom to live without fear. The LGBTQIA+ community still fights for health care, freedom of expression, and acceptance in many communities. Women still fight for the freedom to make their own choices about their bodies, for equity in professional and educational settings, and for justice for those whose assaulters and rapists still walk free. Immigrants still fight for their right to work and live here, for their children to have a better life, and for the promise that America was for themselves and their families. There are so many more.

Setting off fireworks is also a great way to bring your community together (socially distant right now, of course)!

It’s also important to reflect on how our nation was built. America started out on the backs of slaves and people of color and continues to marginalize and deny those people basic human rights and respect even today.

Beer, barbecue, and apple pie: three staples of any Independence Day gathering!

But while you’re celebrating, don’t forget that Breonna Taylor (and the countless others who were taken too soon) deserves justice. Don’t forget that Black lives still matter and always will. Don’t forget that you can still love your country and recognize its flaws.

America is not perfect. Nowhere is. No one is. And we can still love it and celebrate it while we fight to make it better.

Don’t forget: our nation was also built on protests, belief in a better life, and activism. Change can be scary, but just because it’s scary does not make it wrong.

Happy Fourth all. Keep your pets safe and be smart!

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