July is the month that celebrates our nation’s independence. This particular year, our individual, and global freedoms are challenged. Let’s not forget what our founding fathers wrote in our Declaration of Independence:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.” — Declaration of Independence
We should remember that America was founded on the principle that freedom should be for all!
As we reach the pinnacle of the summer months, there is a sense of possibility in the air, brought on by the freedom of these warm days. We embrace the adventures of summer vacations and weekends. The beautiful weather and long days provide the perfect opportunity for exploration, be it a walking tour of the neighborhood, or a vacation to a faraway destination. Whether you’re working or embracing free time, staying home or traveling, it is difficult to ignore the excitement of the summer months, and the sense of freedom embodied by the month of July in particular. Take advantage of this newfound openness by exploring new hobbies, visiting new places, and trying new things.
Get creative in the kitchen and try making your own Cherry Blueberry Amaretto Ice Cream in celebration of National Ice Cream Day on the 16th! Or get in the spirit of July 4th with Broma Bakery’s Miss American Pie. Top it all off with a Watermelon Mojito that uses the freshest, in-season ingredients!
May your July be free and full of adventure!
Photography: Thea Macdonald