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Gifts for America on Her Birthday

Two hundred and forty-one years ago, delegates from the original 13 colonies of the United States issued the Declaration of Independence and severed themselves from Britain. Seven years later, the war ended and the United States of America was free to govern itself and each citizen was encouraged to pursue his or her own happiness.

That’s what we as a nation have been doing ever since. This year on July 4th, communities across the United States will be celebrating the commitment, dedication and sacrifice that has taken place over the last 241 years to make America the country it is today as well as the tenacity needed to continue to shape it into an even greater nation. No matter the obstacles or the battles we have fought, we have been devoted to creating a better, brighter nation for future generations.

In an effort to continue to strive for that brighter future, we've thought of a few gifts to give America on her birthday this year.

THE GIFT OF FULL BELLIES

Help a fellow citizen celebrate the fourth with a full stomach. While biting into juicy watermelon slices, hot dogs, corn on the cob and potato salad, save a few extra dollars and donate to a local food drive.

THE GIFT OF CLEAN STREETS AND RIVERS

Take a few minutes between running through sprinklers and sipping lemonade on the front porch to keep your neighborhood clean. Pick up any trash in the neighborhood or along waterways so future generations can enjoy the community as well.

THE GIFT OF BEAUTY

Help keep America beautiful by visiting and enjoying national and state parks. Support conservation programs that replant trees, eradicate non-indigenous plants and rehabilitate endangered animal species. Throughout the holiday, try to reduce, reuse and recycle whenever possible.

THE GIFT OF CLEAN AIR

Walk, run or ride a bike to pick up goodies for the holiday to cut down on air pollution. The skies will be smoky enough with the fireworks, the less pollution we add to the air, the better.

THE GIFT OF LONGEVITY

Preparing for a winning future starts with learning from the past and continues with community engagement. Help preserve ancient cultural heritage sites and artifacts. Support community programs that focus on social justice issues, organic gardens, alternative energy resources, creative artistic representation, physical fitness, and more.

Above all else, have a great time celebrating the 4th of July.

June 29, 2016

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