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Independence Day - Conshohocken Style

Jul 03, 2016 07:18PM ● By Jack Coll

As a Bruce Springsteen fan I have trouble saying the word “Independence Day” without saying it twice. Springsteen’s song “Independence  Day”   is  a rather sad song and has nothing to do with the thirteen colonies who had claimed their independence from England on July 4, 1776.     On  June  7, 1776 the colonies convened a Continental Congress in Philadelphia in the Pennsylvania State House (Later Independence Hall). On that date Richard Henry Lee of Virginia presented a resolution with the famous words: “Resolve:  That   these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be,   free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.”

A month later on July 4, the Declaration of Independence was signed and this led to the formation of the United States.  The original copy of the Declaration of Independence is housed in the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and July 4 has been designated a national holiday to commemorate the day the United States laid down its claim to be a free and independent nation.

So on this July 3, as all of Conshohocken enjoys  the fireworks display held at Sutcliffe Park the true meaning of this wonderful event can be held close to our hearts with pride and patriotism.

On Monday morning the Annual Soap Box Derby Race will be taking over Fayette Street from Fourth Avenue to Ninth Avenue for the 66th annual race. The event starts at 9:00 A. M. and runs to approximately 4:00 P. M. Before heading out to your picnic please stop on Fayette Street to cheer the racers on!

About that Bruce Springsteen song “Independence Day,” well the song is about a father and son coming  to terms, that it’s time to move on, there’s a line in the sand and the words don’t come easy, the house is no longer big enough for the two of them and they both know that it’s time to say goodbye, its Independence day. Here’s to the red, white and blue of our flag.