Happy Fourth of July!

Michael Brewer, 5 at the time of the photo, shows his American pride during the finale of last year’s Jaycees fireworks show. He is the now 6-year-old son of Seth and Tabatha Brewer of Swainsboro. (Photo courtesy of Joey Blackmon.)

“The United States is the only country with a known birthday. All the rest began, they know now when. And grew into power, they know not how. If there had been no Independence Day, England and American combined would not be so great as each actually is. There is no ‘Republican,’ no ‘Democrat,’ on the Fourth of July. On Independence Day, all are Americans. All feel their country is greater than the party.”

Those were the infamous words of James G. Blaine, a former politician who represented Maine in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1863 to 1876.

Indeed, we here at The Crossroads hope you and yours are full of festive spirit and American pride ahead of the Fourth of July! Our office will be closed Friday, July 2, and Monday, July 5, in observance of America’s birthday (which falls Sunday, July 4, this year). As such, our deadlines for editorial and advertising for our July 6 edition have been slightly altered. If you have something you’d like to be included in that particular edition, please contact our office (478-331-7251), Halei (478-494-3376), or Trudie (478-494-6991) by Thursday, July 1.

Also, don’t forget! The Swainsboro Jaycees will again put on its popular fireworks display starting around dusk on July 4 from the recreation department. Make plans to go out and support the local Jaycees by attending this free annual event.

Should you choose to shoot your own fireworks on July 4, make sure you do so in a safe area. According to Swainsboro Police Chief Randy Ellison, fireworks in the state of Georgia can be shot until 11:59 p.m. on July 4.

If you and your family are heading out of town for the holiday, safe travels.

Last but not least—to all past, current, and future service members, thanks for fighting for and protecting our freedom!

Downtown dressed up for America’s birthday, thanks to decorating “all-stars” Daisy Reeves, Stephanie Williams Flanders, Nancy Smith Lisenby, Darlene Canady, and Willie Butler on June 7. (Photo is courtesy of Cal Avery.)

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