The celebration just ended and it was bigger and better than we could have ever imagined! There’s no better way to celebrate our freedom and independence than with a 4-day grand opening of the Nome Schoolhouse!
Thinking back to that day in July 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was adopted, I can’t help but feel gratitude that the Nome SchoolHouse exists today because of sheer bravery and a love of freedom.
It’s interesting to note that Independence Day has actually only been a federal holiday since 1941, however, fireworks, parades, and gatherings have been happening every 4th of July since Thomas Jefferson penned that historic document.
The spark lit by the Revolutionary War in 1775 swiftly grew until the majority of colonists were eager to gain independence from Great Britain. Once the Declaration was penned, the resolution to become an independent nation was enacted by adopting the great document.
John Adams was confident that every year would see a day of joy and festivities as the country’s independence was remembered and celebrated. Interestingly, Adams thought Independence Day should be celebrated on July 2nd instead of the 4th!
While Adams was wrong about the date we would celebrate, he was certainly right about the way we would celebrate. “Pomp and parade…games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations,” he anticipated.
Today, we have it all. The colors, the noise, the food, the games, and the joy. I love the 4th of July. There is so much excitement and fun, so many events, and an overwhelming shared experience of gratitude amongst people all over the country.
That’s one reason the weekend was chosen for the grand opening of the Nome SchoolHouse. What a better way to celebrate our freedom than by opening our remarkable fiber arts facility. Without our freedom, the old school building would have remained abandoned, with no one to breathe life back into it.
This past weekend we celebrated our independence as we finally welcomed the public into the Nome SchoolHouse. Now, that’s something to toast.