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Mike the Mailman: Happy Birthday, America

by on July 05, 2011 6:02 AM

Hi everybody! How was everyone's Independence Day?

Across the country, we all celebrate this great holiday for our country with the usual barbecues, sparklers, fun with friends and fireworks.

We are so fortunate in Happy Valley with all the amazing festivities that took place this past weekend at the 4th Fest at Beaver Stadium.

In the village of Linden Hall where I live, we have our own Independence Day celebration. It's a weekend full of events including a picnic at our village park, Meredith's Park, and voting for the village queen to highlight the Fourth of July parade. It concludes with our .3-mile parade route that everyone dresses up for.

One year, when both girls were home, we dressed up as a family as, who else but the Village People?! It's the only parade I know that has more participants than spectators.

As much fun as it is to have a three-day weekend and to spend that extra day however you choose, it is pretty unbelievable to think about what went on back in 1776 to get us to where we are as a country today.

Only recently did it dawn on me that both my daughters live in cities that influential to our country's beginning: Boston and especially Philadelphia, where the Declaration of Independence was written and all though it was officially adopted on July 2, we have celebrated this day on the fourth.

I have visited Schlow Centre Region Library several times to read about the history of our nation and, to this day, find all the fun facts relating to this day fascinating. For example, did you know that two of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence and became president, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, died on the same day, July 4, 1826? Another president, Calvin Coolidge, born on July 4 in 1872, the only president to date to have been born on the nation's birthday.

I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday, and I hope that your four-day work week is fun and flies. If you have any sparklers or cookies left over from your celebrations, please stop by, as you know I love cookies and my daughters have never outgrown sparklers.

Don't forget to note for next year our Linden Hall Village Fourth of July parade, as we are always looking for more spectators to wave at our voted-in queen!

Happy birthday month, America!

Mike (The Mailman) Herr gives his stamp of approval to all visitors Monday through Friday at the University Park post office in the ground floor of McAllister Building, adjacent to the HUB. His views and opinions do not necessarily reflect those of Penn State University.
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