Children reflect on July 4th meaning

Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 3, 2010

While adults realize the nation celebrates Independence Day, the reaction of local children is split.

Some think it’s just a day for fireworks, while others understand the day’s true importance.

“I think about fireworks,” Leann King said.

Haley Lewis agreed.

“Fourth of July makes me think about fireworks,” she said.

Jonathan Craft said his family would be shooting fireworks.

“I like fireworks, they are the best part of the Fourth,” he said. “I just love everything about seeing the fireworks. They are very bright.”

Harley Edgar said her family would shoot fireworks and grill out.

For other children the weekend is filled with a family tradition of grilling out.

“We’re going to the river and we’re going to grill out,” Dalton Henegan said.

“My family is going to grill hot dogs, pork chops and steak,” Destiny Ingram said.

While, it’s tradition to grill out and shoot fireworks, some local children remembered the true reason for the holiday.

“Fourth of July makes me think of the American Flag,” said Alana Smith.

Marionna Bullard said the weekend was to “celebrate our country’s birthday.” Mason Taylor said that while he loves the firework show, it’s about celebrating “our country.”

His friend Brent Griffin agreed.

“I like the fireworks, but it’s our country’s birthday,” he said,

Collin Davis said the weekend makes him think about God and thanking Him for his freedom.

“I thank the Lord for the Army and for them keeping our country free on the U.S.’s birthday,” Megan Mullen said. “We owe them a lot for keeping us free.”

Caleb Pinckard said it’s important for people to remember the soldiers who fought for independence.

“It’s the country’s birthday,” he said.

“But we should remember to celebrate and be thankful for the soldiers who have died for our freedom.”