Independence Day 2017: I Challenge My Fellow U.S. Citizens

Celebrate Independence Day with Civility.
American Flag Waves During the Florida International Air Show in Punta Gorda, Fla., with Arrival of the U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds
American Flag Waves During the Florida International Air Show in Punta Gorda, Fla., with Arrival of the U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds

Dear Fellow Citizens of the United States of America:

Today is Independence Day.

America’s birthday.

And I challenge you…

Let’s not be liberals or conservatives.

Let’s not celebrate the failures of others.

Let’s not encourage hatred.


Let’s be civil.

Let’s stop the name calling.

Let’s stop the eye-for-an-eye cycle.

Because, how does else can America be great?

Let’s remember how we’re fortunate to live in the greatest nation in the world.

Let’s remember the sacrifices it took to get here.

Let’s remember we’re all in this together.

Let’s remember, it’s not our political party affiliation that determines whether we’re American or not.

It’s the love of nation that does.

Let’s remember, we’re all Americans.

Let’s put country over party.

Let’s show respect to our fellow Americans and the rest of the worlds’ citizens.

Let’s celebrate what it means to be a citizen of the United States of America. ??

And if you can do it today, how about carrying it forward another day?






Jennifer A. Huber is an award-winning travel and outdoor blogger and writer in Southwest Florida. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led her to a career path in the tourism industry for more than 30 years. She spent a decade with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley, and Everglades National Parks. She founded the travel blog, with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely. The unexpected death of her former husband in 2008 reminded her how short life is. His passing was a catalyst for sharing her experiences with the goal of inspiring and empowering others to travel solo. Jennifer holds a Travel Marketing Professional certification from the Southeast Tourism Society, is a certified food judge, member of the NASA Social community, and alum of the FBI Citizens Academy. When not traveling, she is either in the kitchen, practicing her photography skills, or road tripping with her dog, Radcliff.

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