“The Fourth of July is something we start planning really early on,” she says. “It’s something everyone looks forward to, and even the staff will work around their schedules and days off to be there.”
The event is definitely special and memorable in its own right, and it’s become more than just fireworks. It’s a celebration: a time to gather as a community that goes beyond campsites, canyon walls, and county limits, bonding people together as they witness something beautiful. It’s a connection: a reminder of what can supersede our differences.
We all know society can be polarizing, especially politically, and that pushes us into judgment and fear. But in moments of beautiful fellowship, moments of collective “oohs” and “ahhs,” moments of shared awe beneath a glowing sky, it’s easier to celebrate together the collective vision of America.
We celebrate because we’re free to practice true togetherness, to welcome and love each other, to reconcile past mistakes that still manifest in the present, and to hope that we can and will be better for the sake of one another.