Hope you enjoyed the July 4 Celebrations in Fond du Lac

The significance of the 4th of July dates back to July 4, 1776 when the original thirteen colonies claimed their independence from England, which eventually lead to the formation and birth of the United States.

July 4th, dating back to pre-Revolutionary years, included celebratory activities including ringing of bells, bonfires, precessions, and speechmaking. A few days ago, we celebrated in much the same way: family gatherings, parades, and driveway-fireworks.

In Fond du Lac, home of Marian University, we had plenty happen over the 4th. A local veterans organization, Salute the Troops, hosted Rock for Hope, a family-friendly outdoor concert with bands who have veterans in them, food vendors, and a petting zoo. This event was a success and all enjoyed the celebration!

If music is your thing, our city also offered the Americana Concert in the historic Joseph Schmitz Bandstand featuring music by American composers, patriotic favorites, and stirring American marches. (And if you didn’t get a chance to hear it, the Fond du Lac Symphonic band plays throughout the summer at Buttermilk Creek Park!)

If that wasn’t enough, almost every small town hosts a community picnic (some are called Fireman’s picnics) which hosts a parade, food, bands, games, etc. Travel in any direction and you’re likely to find one of these.

The July 4 holiday was capped off with a phenomenal fireworks display at the picturesque Lakeside Park on the shores of Lake Winnebago. Families convened at the park to find the “right spot” to catch a glimpse of the fantastic show.

Like the United States, Marian University had much to celebrate as we bring the 2016-2017 academic year to a close: a president concluding his first full year of service; the development of a working operations plan; the launch of a capital campaign to renovate the science center and raise our endowment; and tremendous individual accomplishments by students, faculty, and staff. So, America, we toast you on another year well done.

Guest blogger: Tracy Qualmann, director of Marketing and Communications, and board member of Salute the Troops.