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Patriotism and Retirement

How the two can go together perfectly.

The Fourth is a time we all get a little nostalgic. Maybe you or someone close to you served (or is serving) our country. Or perhaps you simply appreciate the values our country was founded on. Regardless, it’s a time to celebrate – and bring people closer together.

Ways to mark the day:

  • Invite family and friends to enjoy the Fourth with you. Have a picnic!
  • Relax inside with friends and enjoy your favorite movie classic.
  • Pull out your photo albums and share memories with friends.
  • Play a popular board game. Or get a game of Patriotic Bingo going.
  • Gather with friends for a red-white-and-blue craft/food/music day.
  • Get a group together and send thank you cards to those currently serving.
  • Share your own experiences of serving.

While a day of celebration, the Fourth can produce a few painful memories for some. If it happens, try to keep the focus positive and help others look to the future with optimism.

  • Think of all the good we’ve achieved as a family, community and country.
  • Maintain a sense of humor.
  • Share encouraging stories with friends and family.

How can we help you to celebrate? We’d love to plan the day around your unique ideas!

July Fourth Fun Facts

  • Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence while meeting in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776. But only John Hancock signed on the fourth; the others sign on August 2, 1776.
  • Founding fathers John Adams (second U.S. president) and Thomas Jefferson (third U.S. president) both died on July 4, 1826. James Monroe, the fifth U.S. president, also died on July 4 in 1831.
  • Consumers spent over $800 million in 2016 on fireworks over the Fourth, according to CNBC.
  • New York City boasts the largest fireworks display. Around 3 million people enjoyed the show in 2017.
  • The Fourth also marks Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest: the winner who eats the most hot dogs within 10 minutes wins. The record stands at 73.5.

See more at https://www.cnn.com/2013/06/05/us/independence-day-fast-facts/index.html and http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/7-independence-day-fun-facts-not-article-1.2279520.

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