Atwater July 4th
Time To Be Proud,
June 30, 2016
will be no bombs bursting in air in Atwater on July 4th,
but there will be rockets and fireworks, and there will
be a rare opportunity to see how hometown America celebrates
our nation’s Independence.
For us, the Atwater July 4th celebration is a shining example
of the old-time, traditional Fourth of July celebrations
which take place in small towns all across the nation. Unfortunately,
some hometown celebrations have been downsized or lost completely
due to production costs and lack of interest.
Atwater’s July 4th festival is unique and endearing,
and we can recall our own personal connection to it, dating
back to 1962. The parade through downtown Atwater, and the
arts, crafts, and food booths at Ralston Park, were something
special. Coming from New York, we had never seen anything
like this. The closest thing like it was the Macy’s
For Atwater, this was such a great event that most of the
town turned out, and about half of the people in the county
joined them, eventually making it the biggest July 4th event
in the area.
Each year the Atwater July 4th event gets bigger and better.
It also gets more expensive, as the cost of fireworks increases
and security becomes a much greater factor. It is only because
of the support of the community, and its businesses, which
allow the fireworks and event to go on.
No matter the cost, there are people in Atwater who love
their July 4th and will not give it up.
One year the community even saw fit to make us the Grand
Marshal of the July 4th parade and ceremony. For this publisher
and his family, who rode through town in a decorated convertible,
it was a tribute which will never be forgotten.
It was Atwater, after all where we first landed a job as
a reporter for the Sun Star, and it was Atwater where our
daughter was born and son was raised. It was Atwater High
School where they both attended, and Atwater July 4th where
they came year after year.
They have moved away but remember the event as very special.
We remember the event as very special too, and have personally
covered the Atwater July 4 almost 50 times. We still love
the parade and taking pictures in front of the viewing stand.
We love the floats, the bands and the parade of horses and
We love to see people dress up in red, white and blue, and
show their pride for our country.
We love to meet so many of our friends who come out the
Atwater for the annual event.
“I wouldn’t miss it,” said one recently.
Atwater’s July 4th is so special that for one day
its overshadows the turmoil and its mass killings. The United
States of America is still the greatest country in the world,
and where most people want to be if they had their choice.
There are those who say that America has lost its pride
in itself. Note so. There is no loss of patriotism in this
country, and it makes us mad to think that there are those
who do not understand the importance of our freedom and
So when the fireworks go off next Monday night. Remember
what this is all about.
Take a moment to thank those people who continue to make
Independence Day in Atwater happen.