The holiday we mark on the 4th of July is a celebration of the anniversary of this great country’s adoption of the Declaration of Independence. In 1776, John Adams wrote of this to his wife, Abigail, “… the day will be most memorable in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival! It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parades, bonfires and illuminations (fireworks), from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward, forevermore!”
The 4th of July is a time to commemorate the birth of America, for friends and family to gather to celebrate our freedom and to acknowledge the sacrifices of those who fought for it. It is a time of picnics and parades, with our Main Street and Main Streets all over the country handsomely flying flags and people proudly wearing red, white and blue. It is a time to wish America “Happy Birthday.”
Among all the holidays we celebrate, Independence Day remains most untouched by commercialism; no cards or gifts are expected, no pressure to be “merry” is applied. The single hallmark of this celebration has always been fireworks.
The Town of Payson is blessed with the magnificent Green Valley Park with a lovely lake where celebration activities and fireworks can safely be hosted. Why would we not open our doors to neighboring communities and other visitors for this event? The celebration of the 4th of July is a tradition that holds our communities together. This is a tradition that we must continue, that must be passed on to future generations.
The July 4th activities in Payson are an economic engine for the town. Many local businesses, including hotels, motels and restaurants, report it as their busiest weekend of the year.
To ensure a safe and pleasant Independence Day for residents and guests, the Payson Police Department staff and volunteers are out en masse to protect and coordinate traffic movement. Payson’s fire protectors, in coordination with other state and regional agencies, have assembled a command center located right in Green Valley Park.
So why should Payson sponsor fireworks on the 4th of July? Because it is the American thing to do and it’s good for Payson.
Payson town councilor