It’s the Fourth of July,
Called just July 4th.
It’s Independence Day,
Celebrating America’s start!
The bass drum beating.
The band starting the parade.
A red, white, and blue banner
Showing the way.
American Legion members,
Striding right in step,
Bearing the colors
Still with a lot of pep.
Citizen’s costumed on a float
To honor soldiers’ stories,
The Veterans History Project,*
Brave persons, many in glory.
The crowd cheers,
The crowd applauds,
Child and adult, all.
Hot dogs, chips, watermelon,
Then some softball.
And then in the evening,
It’s an American tradition,
In the air – ignition.
The Fourth of July
Comes only once a year,
But a day to remember
For America, very dear.
— Charles B. Mayes
Independence Day © 2019 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.
*”The Veterans History Project (Library of Congress) of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.” [https://www.loc.gov/vets/]
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