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This past week, we celebrated our nation’s independence, and a big part of that celebration includes remembering and thanking the men and women who have served and continue to serve today in protection of our freedoms and liberties.

Patriotism runs through all of our communities and is on full display on July 4th. In Leader McCarthy’s own community, celebrations included the return of a neighborhood parade that has taken place for 30 years and is kicked off with a cannon salute by the Grand Marshal. Firework displays over the River Walk in Bakersfield and pancake breakfasts in Tehachapi all marked community celebrations honoring our independence.

To get a glimpse of how other parts of the country were marking the day, Leader McCarthy asked his social media followers to share how they were celebrating our country and our freedom. Here are a few:

Brian Skon from Minnesota shared a photo of his daughter’s last day on the USS Gonzalez before she heads to Naval Station Great Lakes to be a Quartermaster sergeant instructor. “That’s a legacy of Independence Day!” he wrote.

Jeff Booth from California shared an awesome shot of an American flag waving at the Folsom Pro Rodeo. “Had a great time. It was so patriotic. Loved it,” he said.

Many others shared pictures of friends and family gathered together around BBQs, fireworks, and seas of all things red, white, and blue. Reading these reminds us that the best stories, experiences, and ideas come from all around the country.

We will continue to highlight these scenes of American life, so be on the lookout for more questions posed by Leader McCarthy on LinkedIn and Facebook.