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Then enjoy family and friends on this very special holiday.  My memories of the 4th of July are primarily that for one day in the summer, work on the farm came to a halt and somewhere along the way was homemade ice cream and watermelon.  That was back in the day when the cream was churned by hand and the melons were homegrown.

And more than likely lunch (or dinner as we say in the South) was fried chicken, potato salad and baked beans.  As we cranked the freezer, Daddy told about his own memories of the 4th were not much different than mine now are.  About daylight, someone would hitch a mule to the wagon and head for the ice house in Red Level where they would get a block of ice, cover it with sawdust and head for home.

Grandpa had a sweet tooth for sure.  Which he passed along to me.  And the homemade ice cream that came with each 4th of July was a welcome treat.

So here is wishing you a safe and happy 4th.  The day we pause to remember that we are celebrating the greatest political statement ever made.  One that has survived challenge after challenge and still remains a symbol of  what should be right and good about the best of what mankind has to offer.