Looking Forward To A Festive Fourth of July

This week, as many in our region and across the country head out to fireworks displays, parades and barbecues, be sure to reflect on the significance of the day. As Americans, the Fourth of July is a day to remember the sacrifices made by those before us to create a free nation, based on the principle of democracy we hold so dear.
 
As New Yorkers, we should take extra pride in knowing that the Empire State was one of the original colonies, and also served as the site for many battles during the Revolutionary War. New York played an instrumental role in the birth of our nation.
 
As the father, son, brother and uncle of U.S. veterans, I have profound appreciation for our American values, our freedom, and the men and women who have sacrificed so much to defend them. As John Adams said, “Liberty must at all hazards be supported.  We have a right to it … our fathers have earned and bought it for us, at the expense of their ease, their estates, their pleasure and their blood.”
 
CELEBRATE SAFELY, AS FESTIVITIES KICK OFF IN THE FINGER LAKES
 
To celebrate the upcoming holiday, there are numerous events which start this weekend throughout the Finger Lakes Region. A full list of parades, craft fairs, picnics, fireworks and more can be found here. Canandaigua will be hosting its annual parade, picnic and fireworks display beginning at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 4. The City of Geneva will be hosting a parade on the Fourth as well, which also kicks off at 10 a.m. 
 
While having fun with family and friends, I encourage everyone to celebrate safely and responsibly. Before heading out, identify designated drivers or take advantage of ride-sharing services. Fireworks safety is also extremely important. The National Council on Fireworks Safety has released the following safety tips to ensure that everyone, including pets, enjoy the holiday while taking the proper precautions.
 
 Above all, it is my sincerest wish that you all enjoy this beautiful Fourth of July! 
 
What do you think? I want to hear from you. Send me your feedback, suggestions and ideas regarding this or any other issue facing New York State. You can always contact my district office at (315) 781-2030, email me at kolbb@nyassembly.gov, find me by searching for Assemblyman Brian Kolb on Facebook and follow me on Twitter.

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