An HQ 4th of July

I have celebrated the 4th of July in many different places. Over the years, I remember celebrating with friends in Manassas, Winchester and Fairfax VA, with family in Salem and Morgantown WV, and away from home in Indianapolis IN. This year, I happened to be in Hinsdale, IL.

The morning started off with, well, catching up on sleep. 🙂 But of course I was ready for the day by the time the Hinsdale Parade started.

Army marching bandHere comes the parade!Beware!Veterans: America's herosI'd never seen a man on stilts before 
At noon, many of the staff gathered on the "hill" for some recreation, namely ultimate frisbee and volley ball.

In the late afternoon, we enjoyed a traditional 4th of July picnic into which much hard work and careful decorating had been invested. It was more than a picnic as we also enjoyed the outcome of the homemade dessert contest.

Preparing to return a high-flying serveGo Josh! A beautiful, patriotic work of art

To conclude the afternoon, Mr. Barth gave an invigorating speech on freedom and gratefulness. Cheers went up for "Mr. Barth for president!" 🙂

Listening to Mr. BarthDiscorse on freedomPart of the audience

The 4th of July just doesn’t seem complete without fireworks. In the evening, at a nearby park, and with camera in hand (rather, on a tripod), we enjoyed watching the amazing display of colorful fire bursting in air. Also over the years, I can remember trying to photograph fireworks. This time, I could work based on experience and was amazed at how truly simple such a complex subject can be captured.

The rockets red glare......the bombs bursting in air......gave proof through the night......that our flag was still there!

These times of celebration are important. They help us to review what God has done in the past and be inspired to trust God in the present. I look forward to celebrating America’s birthday many more times in many more places in the future.


  1. Robert July 6, 2008 at 9:38 pm #

    Beautiful fireworks pictures, James!

  2. Esther July 7, 2008 at 4:58 am #

    Wow! It was good to hear how you celebrated. You are right about these times being important to keep the mighty acts of God in the forefront of our memories.

  3. Joshua July 7, 2008 at 4:36 pm #

    Freedom and gratefulness – 2 often overlooked qualities in America. May we never forget the precious blood of our forefathers who sought not their own peace, but rather the opportunity for the generations to come to peacefully worship the Lord Jesus Christ.

    Now, Mr. Barth for president sounds like a great idea. I could vote for him with no shadow of a doubt. Alright James & Robert, time for you to get busy persuading here 🙂 .

    And I couldn’t leave off without first commenting on the stunning photography – brilliant splendor!

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