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Find Air Force Events Near You During This Independence Day Celebration!

Written by on Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

It’s America’s birthday today! The United States has just turned 236 years old, which is certainly over the hill by human standards, but barely past infancy compared to other countries. We’ve been through wars, technological breakthroughs, and historic world-altering events over the past two-and-a-half centuries, so today Americans have a lot to celebrate!

This year, I thought I’d keep you updated with all of the great Air Force-related Fourth of July activities.

Fireworks and Air Show at Phoenix, Arizona

Head down to Phoenix’s Litchfield Park tonight between 7-10 p.m. for food, drinks, and fireworks. The Community Spirit, National Pride event will also feature a salute to American troops with an F-16 flyover.

Free Admission at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Located near Dayton, Ohio, the National Museum of the US Air Force has more historic planes than you can shake a stick at. You can experience the museum virtually through this online tour, but it will only pale in comparison to the real thing. If any readers out there are in or near Ohio, there’s no better time than Independence Day to connect with our nation’s history. Plus, admission today will be free!

 

Salt Lake City F-16 Flyover

Continuing a 30-year-old tradition, four pilots from the active duty 388th Fighter Wing will fly over LaVell Edwards Stadium at Brigham Young University to kick off the Stadium of Fire celebration.

 

California Fireworks with Edwards Air Force Base

Starting at 6:00 p.m., families in southern California can catch the Edwards Air Force Base July 4th Festival. The event is free and open to the public. Here’s a short clip of the 2010 show:

 

Airman Music Concert in Texas

United States Air Force Band of the West’s rock band, “Top Flight,” will be rocking the socks off of Texans who stop by for the city of San Antonio’s annual firework show. You can catch the 7:45 p.m. show at Woodlawn Lake. Not tickets required, so bring your friends!

 

National Independence Day Parade in D.C.

Our nation’s capital will feature some of the country’s most exciting performances. Check out the famous parade, cialis usa fireworks, and a city-wide party as America turns 236.

 

Statement from the USAF

No matter how you celebrate your 4th of July holiday, it’s important to keep in mind that Independence Day isn’t all about fireworks and grilled hot dogs. There’s a lot more to it than that. Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy want to remind you what this day means for all of us. The USAF released this official statement Monday:

“This Fourth of July marks the 236th year since the Second Continental Congress unanimously adopted the Declaration of Independence–the document that separated the American colonies from British rule and led to the creation of a new federal republic.

Thanks to the vision of our Founding Fathers and the commitment of the courageous men and women who fought to win American independence, we inherit a legacy of freedom based on the idea that all people possess certain unalienable rights–to life, to liberty, and to the pursuit of happiness.

Our Nation’s early patriots deserve our enduring gratitude for their sacrifices on behalf of their fellow citizens. But we also owe a debt to the millions of Americans across the generations who since have protected our democracy for more than two centuries.

This includes most especially those Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen, and Coast Guardsmen who made the ultimate sacrifice, have been captured, or otherwise remain missing in fighting for and helping to preserve our liberty. The families of our service members–past and present, and particularly of our wounded warriors–also have earned our thanks for their sacrifices.

This Fourth of July, let us recommit ourselves to doing all that we can to ensure that our children, our grandchildren, and the generations that follow will enjoy the freedoms that are our birthright as Americans. We salute you and your service, our flag, and the United States of America; and we wish to you a safe and happy Independence Day.”

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