Happy 4th of July: Celebrating Independence

Fireworks in Chicago

Fireworks over Chicago skyline

Chicago’s fireworks celebrations are always epic, and they are what I miss most about living in Chicago.

Lady Liberty

Lady Liberty

There’s something equally epic about seeing Lady Liberty in the midst of the celebration in New York City.

4thJuly LibertySailboat

Of course, this brings to mind the tall ships which visited New York City for our country’s bicentennial in 1976.

Tall ships in NYC's harbor

Tall ships in NYC’s harbor

It was my favorite 4th of July ever because I had just learned that the Declaration of Independence had been written on my family’s paper and that David Rittenhouse was buddies with Franklin and Jefferson.  Visiting Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia has long been on my bucket list.

4thJuly Eagle

I still get cray-cray every 4th of July and have a ridiculous amount of flag apparel which I wear just once a year.

Fireworks in Seattle

Fireworks in Seattle

I will confess that I was so spoiled by the fireworks in Chicago that I’ve never gone into Seattle on the 4th of July.  I did see them once while sailing across Puget Sound from Kingston to Edmonds on the ferry which is a totally cool thing to do.  You can see fireworks celebrations from all over the region.  It is a photographer’s dream.

4thJuly Kitten

My hope is that you will celebrate your independence ~ especially if you are an abuse survivor ~ this weekend with fireworks, fabulous food, friends, and family.


Happy 4th of July, y’all!

2 responses to “Happy 4th of July: Celebrating Independence

  1. I saw a shirt in a Chicago magazine of the your puncture of Chicago skyline and fireworks was wondering if you make shirts out of them if so can you please let me know thank you

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