Americans put worries aside for Fourth of July celebrations
07/02/2014 10:28 AM
07/02/2014 11:21 AM
On the Fourth of July, Americans have a way of putting their troubles aside and celebrating in an explosive fashion.
Never mind that unemployment remains above 6 percent, and millions of people have stopped looking for jobs. Folks are reveling in the fact that the Dow is flirting with topping 17,000 for the first time ever.
However, most Americans not only have no stake in the stock market, but they continue to lose ground financially. People will eat their favorite barbecue, drink a lot and cheer the fact that the United States remains the greatest nation on the planet.
So what if the country lost that stupid World Cup match on Tuesday. The real football doesn’t start until September.
Also, forget about the war in Afghanistan and the growing turmoil in Iraq. Go to Berkley Riverfront Park on Friday for KC RiverFest and stay until after dark and watch the fireworks explode.
From a lawn chair perch at Case Park at 10th and Jefferson streets, it’s even possible from the bluffs to see fireworks over the Missouri River at Berkley Park, at Worlds of Fun and even Smithville.
So this is a time to celebrate. On the Fourth of July, Americans’ day-to-day worries can wait.
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