Posted on

It’s time to squelch the Independence Day drought

It’s time to squelch the Independence Day drought
It’s time to squelch the Independence Day drought
Music by the Bucket Brigade and three guest musicians have people on their feet dancing at the Indiana Territorial Festival during the Historical Ball on July 1 at the Hurley D. Conrad Memorial Bandstand in Corydon. (Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor)

We live in the greatest country on earth; just ask my dad. And people from all walks of life look upon this land as the land of opportunity. America is the place where more people make more of themselves.
An outsider might expect us to celebrate Independence Day with more relish than say Mardi Gras. Wouldn’t they be surprised?
Here at home in Corydon, the revelry has declined sharply ever since the death of Old Settlers Day.
Why is it that Aussies get more excited about Melbourne Cup Day or that Holland’s Queens Day is a bigger hit or that the Irish never quit on St. Patrick’s Day? To be fair, these aren’t celebrations of independence, but does that mean they should be more or less popular than our Fourth of July is to us?
When I came back to work after spending the holiday on video games and other debauchery, several grumbles came to my desk about this patriotic dud, but credit was given where credit is due.
The annual Kiwanis Club Fireworks Show was spectacular as the club and the folks at Zambelli Fireworks International outdid themselves yet again. However, this was a July 3 event at Old Capital Golf Club. It was never intended to be a replacement for July 4 activities on the square.
Last year, a new event, the ‘Indiana Territory Festival: The Making of a State,’ was born and made a reappearance the weekend prior to the Fourth. The event moved to the square, a plus, but is not an actual Independence Day event. However, that’s not to say it could never be.
Both attractions have yielded positive reviews, and they’re the only things between us and a July 4 goose egg ever since the state pulled the plug on Old Capital Days, the festival originally known as Old Settlers Day.
Being as we are caught up in an increasingly unpopular war with no end in sight and that issues like immigration reform have added to the polarization and apathy that already runs rampant in this country and even this county, we really could’ve used a big Fourth to come together and unwind.
At the same time, within some of these issues are reasons for us to be proud and to be intimately in tune with our nation’s independence and the freedom and prosperity afforded to us as citizens of Harrison County, Indiana, United States.
The U.S. population is on pace to hit 300 million this fall. Regardless of how one feels about those numbers and all the reasons for growth, there is a pretty inspiring truth driving that number. People desire to come here to live, work and raise a family. That’s a pretty huge endorsement for the U.S.
Our own neighborhoods are growing rapidly, and that’s a big endorsement for Harrison County.
And, yes, we’re at war, and why and what for and for how long are all divisive questions, but we’re talking about them. No one is quashing free speech, and America is faring well all in all as a nation despite the uncertainty that surrounds us.
We need a holiday to celebrate this stuff. Wait a minute, that’s what last Tuesday was for.
It takes a long time to plan a festival, and so there’s no better time than the week after Independence Day to start talking about next year.
Here in town we may be just a little tiny piece of the diverse puzzle that is this nation, but why not bring back the bunting, target the Fourth on our calendars and take advantage of a square rich with heritage? We’ve done it all very successfully before.