This Sunday, July 4th, is Independence Day here in the United States.

It is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, which was the date the United States formally declared its independence from Great Britain in order to achieve freedom from British rule.

I wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Independence Day! We all know what goes on to celebrate the 4th of July – beers, BBQ’s and fireworks, so I really mean it when I say BE SAFE OUT THERE and don’t blow off any of your appendages!

And may we all remember those who are away from family this weekend, standing a post, whether in the Military or as a First Responder protecting and watching over us!

Here are the stories to finish off the week…

See you again on Monday…

Tom