So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. – John 8:36
While the world is still dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, many summer celebrations such as Independence Day and Canada Day are going to look quite different this year. The usual festivities with crowds watching impressive fireworks have been canceled in many cities. However, the reason for our celebrations has not been diminished. In fact, the resilience of people in the face of this pandemic has shown that we are strong, creative, and able to make the best of our circumstances.
The United States of America is a nation bound not by race or religion, but by the shared values of freedom, liberty, and equality which are guaranteed by the constitution. We balance our rights with responsibility and respect. As Americans celebrate this unique Independence Day, let’s remember to respect others and celebrate our rights and freedoms responsibly.
Here are some ways we can responsibly enjoy the 4th of July and all summer:
Spruce up your home with flags, bunting, and patriotic decorations.
Have a family barbecue and organize a virtual party or family reunion.
Do a virtual tour of American landmarks including:
Washington DC (https://washington.org/discover-dc-360)
Ellis Island (https://www.nps.gov/hdp/exhibits/ellis/Ellis_Index.html)
The Statue of Liberty (https://www.nps.gov/hdp/exhibits/stli/stli_tour.html)
Make your own fireworks display. Check with your local ordinances on what is legal and use them safely. (https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/tools-resources/seasonal-safety/summer/fireworks)
Inform your neighbors; this is a great time to show respect and responsibility as fireworks can be terrifying for pets and those suffering from PTSD.
Join the fun with The Urban Dog Yappy Hour! Every Fourth Friday of the month, we get together for Family Feud-style trivia, live music, and camaraderie. Check your emails for the Zoom information. If you haven’t gotten an email, let us know so you can participate with us.
The month of July is loaded with noteworthy and fun days! Loss Prevention Month, National BBQ Month, National Anti-Boredom Month, and National Family Reunion Month are ways to make July Special.
7/7: Chocolate Day
7/10: Kitten Day
7/15: National Give Something Away Day
7/19: New Friends Day
7/25: National Wine and Cheese Day
7/31 National Mutt Day
Remember to keep your fur babies safe during the 4th of July weekend. This is the busiest time for shelters due to pets going missing because of fireworks. Make sure your pet is wearing a collar, is microchipped, or stays indoors in a room with music or other soothing noises.
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed; We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.
As we continue to navigate through the summer of 2020, let us remember to do so responsibly in a way that honors the rights and respect of us all.
From everyone at The Urban Dog Real Estate Group, stay kind, stay safe, and stay healthy.
Your Pet-Friendly Realtor
Christine Elias, GRI, ABR, SRS, MRP, ESA
Coldwell Banker of Winter Park