On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence, allowing the 13 colonies to become a sovereign nation. Nowadays, this quintessential American holiday is celebrated from Hawaii to Connecticut, marked by our gorgeous red, white and blue striped and starred flag, hometown parades, and the aroma of barbeque from backyards. Oh yes, and a fireworks show or two.
But with so many enticing places to visit this summer, why should you invest right here in America? Read on.
Visiting the White House
The White House has beefed up security to its perimeter of late, but that won’t keep the tourists away. Moreover, Michelle Obama has announced that it’s just ducky to take those selfies on the White House tour! (Image: July 1, 2015)
Seeing Mt. Rushmore
Can you name all four presidents in this monument? Stop reading, close your eyes and think a moment: (L to R) George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. The monument cost $989,992.32 to build, according to About.com/Education/American History. (Image: Oct. 1, 2013)
A week at the Grand Canyon
Whether you’re 8 or 80, the Grand Canyon will delight. If you’re still a kid, you’ll remember the trip your family took here long after the postcards have faded. Seen here: Tourists gaze out at the South Rim, July 14, 2014.
We have George Clooney
George Clooney spoke at the “Tomorrowland” press conference held in Valencia, Spain, May 19, 2015. Mr. Clooney is indicative of why Hollywood remains a top draw worldwide: class, good looks and that suave Cary Grant-esque appeal are timeless. He’s our royal prince.
How do you like these Apples?
Two young people in Madrid, Spain bragged about their Apple watches. The company’s rolled ’em out in numerous countries, including Italy, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland and Taiwan; but remember: Apple’s based right here in Cupertino, Calif. (Image: June 26, 2015)
Hot dogs are a national treasure…yumm!
At today’s annual hot dog eating contest in Coney Island, New York, dawg-lovin’ crowds gathered happily. The Germans may have invented this treat but we’ve perfected it. Just add mustard, onions, tomatoes and cheese…yumm. (Image: July 4, 2015)
Let’s hear it for the right to marry!
Gays and other celebrants feted the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to make marriage legal for all persons regardless of sex, as seen here in San Francisco’s storied Castro District. (Image: June 27, 2015)
Blake Shelton performs in Nashville
Okay, remember when this examiner said George Clooney is our royal prince? Strike that: it’s Blake Shelton, and if you get to Nashville to see one of his concerts, consider yourself lucky. You can also watch him on NBC’s “The Voice,” of course. (Image: Nov. 5, 2014)
Freedom of religion means freedom to believe as you wish, as long as you don’t hurt anyone
An Orthodox Jew in Brooklyn, New York received a free smoke detector from Assemblyman Dov Hikind Mar. 24,2015 after the tragic fire here. Reaching out to this and other religious communities and making them safe is the American way.
Freedom of speech effects real change in this country
Whether you were fighting for the right to marry or years ago, the right to vote, your voices were heard. Today the battle is over removing the Confederate flag, and the right side is winning. Seen here: Sonya Anderson in Columbia, SC, June 23, 2015
Ten Amazing Facts About Yosemite National Park
Learn ten amazing facts about Yosemite National Park. The park is 1169 Square Miles large, about the size of Rhode Island, and it contains 800 Miles of Hiking Trails.