The singer digs deep inside, and with all her might she blasts out, “…And the rockets’ red glare.  The bombs bursting in air…” We feel a sense of pride.  Our love for America.  The fun and festivities of the community Fourth of July events. Pie eating contests and three-legged races.  Growing up, I even remember a greased pole event and a greased watermelon event.  My small town must have loved grease, I guess.

The last ten years in Alaska, the two communities we’ve lived in does massive community events.  The fourth of July is a great day for fun, family, food, and to remember our freedom.  Our freedom to blow things up!

People love to blow things up on the Fourth of July.  We hand explosives to our kids and give them matches and tell them to be safe and have fun.  The explosives range from little things that make a small bang, up to rockets that fly up high in the sky and light things up with a hiss and a flash of bright lights.  People laugh and instantly want to blow more things up.  We won’t even mention that some people’s blowing things up party is not complete without alcohol.  That can only make the safety factor better.  Right?

I don’t know if it is true in other countries, but we love to blow things up.  Shoot, we’ve even got lyrics of things blowing up in our National Anthem!  When it starts to get dark, we hold sparklers.  We put things in used glass bottles.  We hold things as they shoot out flames.  We want to have fun setting things on fire, and we hope to survive another year without losing a body part or catching anything on fire.

But fireworks happen on more days than the Fourth of July, and I’m not talking about on New Years Day either.  Sometimes we set off fireworks inside of our house.  “Short-tempered people do foolish things, and schemers are hated.”  Proverbs 14:17 (NLT) or how about Prov. 12:16 “Fools have short fuses and explode all too quickly; the prudent quietly shrug off insults.” (The Message)

So, let’s keep our fuses long when dealing with people.  And come to think of it, why not only light things on fire outside that have long fuses too.  Stay safe and in one piece as you blow things into little pieces.  Most of all remember to blow things up, but not each other.

What are some of your favorite Fourth of July memories?
How do you keep from having a short-fuse with others?