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Celebrate July 4 the right way

July 2, 2008

Fireworks, food, fun.

Those three words usually describe July 4 each year. Families, neighbors and friends gather at their homes, at parks or at a lake.

One can bet plenty of hotdogs, hamburgers, chips, dip and beverages will be consumed. And there might even be some games played, such as softball or volleyball, as part of the festivities. Swimming pools - including Tonganoxie's own brand new water park - are sure to have plenty of visitors Friday.

And when the sun goes down, fireworks are sure to light up the sky as people celebrate Independence Day.

But with all of the celebration comes responsibility. July 4 is a great opportunity to relax and unwind with loved ones, especially this year with the three-day weekend.

¢ Be responsible when consuming beverages that happen to be of the alcoholic persuasion.

¢ Wear that sunscreen if you're out and about catching rays.

¢ Have fun with those fireworks, but be mindful that you're basically playing with fire and need to be safe.

This list might seem as though we're trying to take the fun out of a popular American holiday, but that's not the case. If you want to continue to enjoy many July 4 celebrations to come, it's not a bad idea to party responsibly.

And, while you're lighting Roman candles and having some apple pie, remember that you're able to do so in a free and independent nation.

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