Wednesday, 03 July 2013 11:13

Celebrating 4th of July

Written by  Tammy Schroeder
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Every family has traditions they love, our family looks forward to our 4th of July celebration.  I love to decorate the yard with red, white and blue and we line the driveway and flower beds with dozens of American Flags.   It’s the one day all the parents and kids actually play in the pool together and the grill is hot right up until we head out to watch the fireworks.

But this year is different.  This year, one of kids will be spending their last 4th of July with the family as they are getting to leave for boot camp in August and proudly serve our country in the U.S. Army.    As I started to plan out this year’s festivities, it really hit me.   This time next year, she could be in harm’s way so that our family can continue enjoying our freedom.   

Several family members have served in the military; Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines.   You’d definitely know that if you sat around the fire and listened to the adults talk but when we celebrate the 4th of July, do we really emphasize “Independence Day” when we all get together and barbeque?  The kids all learn about Independence Day in school, but do we really reinforce that message of freedom at home unless it hits home like it did with me this year?

Freedom and the cost of freedom shouldn’t only be felt by military families or friends of military families.  Children of our armed forces shouldn’t be the only kids who understand the price of freedom.  We call it a 4th of July celebration.  It’s important that our kids understand what they are truly celebrating.  This year we’re going to be making some changes at our house.  This year we’re going to talk to the kids about honoring those who serve and how that relates to our 4th of July BBQ.

I challenge each one of you to ask yourself that same question.  Do my kids truly understand the significance of the 4th of July and what we are celebrating or do they simply think of it as a day filled with pool parties, BBQs, baseball games and fireworks?   


Here at Lucky Kat, we decided to blow out all the stops in celebration of our Freedom.  Every child that has an account or registers a new account at Lucky Kat will be able to activate a FREEdom Pass, allowing them to play FREE from now until Labor Day.   Freedom.   You’re never too young and you’re never too old to appreciate it.

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