Letter to the Editor for July 12, 2018

Special to the PRESS

Dear Editor,

I’ve got a little question for you that I can’t seem to find the answer to. Why on earth did the City of Laguna Vista stop celebrating the Fourth of July on the 4th of July? I noticed it last year, and thought it strange. But I figured it was just an “off” year for the town government, and they would be back to celebrating the holiday on its correct day this year. Nope. In Laguna Vista the Fourth of July (aka Independence Day) was celebrated on June 30!

I called the Laguna Vista city office and politely asked the receptionist if she might be able to tell me why the Fourth of July was celebrated on June 30 in L.V. She snapped testily, “Because that’s when we decided to celebrate it.” I really was polite, if a little confused. She passed my question on to another person in the office who patiently explained that the Fourth landed smack-dab in the middle of the week. Well, golly, we can’t disrupt our 5-day workweek just for a little celebration of the hard-fought freedom won by our nation’s founders! I mean, come on. This is the 21st Century. We’re much busier nowadays than they were back then. We don’t have time for such festivities. Never mind the blood spilled and the lives lost! We’ve got very important work to do.

Perhaps this is part of that fundamental transformation we were hearing so much about a few years ago. I don’t know about that. But I do know that changing the Fourth of July to the nearest, most convenient Saturday is down-right un-American.

Faith Ballesteros

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