Who's ready for Independence Day? Robert Vegas Bob Swetz is

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Who's ready for Independence Day?


Born and raised in the United States of America Robert Vegas Bob Swetz is very proud to be an American.


I don't care if Americans are disliked in other countries across the globe, I am proud to be an American.


I have been to many different countries around the world and I am always thrilled when I step back on American soil.


Many people don't really know why Independence Day is celebrated, and I think this is quite sad ;o(


For anyone that doesn't really know the true meaning of Independence Day, Google the holiday and you may appreciate more of what we have in the United States of America.


And for anyone that dislikes Vegas Bob wearing this American flag around my face ... too bad!

While I was working on a construction project there was big cloud of dust and dirt from sweepers. So instead of breathing in the dust and dirt, I pulled this American Flag bandana over my face.


And remember this is a free country ...


Robert Vegas Bob Swetz


It's the Fourth of July weekend. We’re supposed to be celebrating Independence Day. 

But what makes this day special?

What gives the Fourth of July its significance is that our Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress in 1776. 

It was in Philadelphia, and the signers of that document, composed by Thomas Jefferson, knew that this declaration of independence from the dictatorial rule of Great Britain might also be — literally — their death sentence.

They knew full well that the wrath and might of the British army would be sailing across the Atlantic to descend on the relatively defenseless colonies. They knew their scattered “states” didn’t have the numbers or arms or training to stand against the British, much less defeat them militarily. Yet they put their signatures, and their lives, their families, their destiny, on that parchment.

And so, against all odds, and even against reason, that Declaration told the world that “these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent states.” 

The only importance of the 4th day of July, then, is that it marks the birth of the United States of America.

 The very words should send awe-filled shivers up your spine, as they do mine. 

Most of the people living in those colonies had simply had enough of British domination, of working and virtually existing at the pleasure of a king they didn’t know and who obviously considered them his indentured servants. 

They wanted to be free, to make their own decisions, to govern themselves and breathe the sweet air of liberty. 

The first celebration of American Independence took place four days later in Philadelphia, where the Continental Congress was still meeting. 

The ceremony began with a public reading of the Declaration of Independence. Then, from the tower of the State House, now called Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell rang out.

The coat of arms of the king of England was taken down. And there was a parade. And cannons boomed. The people, though aware of what lay ahead, cheered! A new nation sprang to life.

That’s what this day is meant to be about.

John Adams, himself a signer of the Declaration, thought that Americans should henceforth celebrate a “great anniversary festival.” In a letter to his wife Abigail he wrote, “It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore.”

So it began. A more elaborate celebration was held there in 1788, after the new Constitution had been ratified. Then there was a much larger parade, speeches and a dinner. 

But between those two celebrations, in 1776 and 1788, there was much horrible fighting, rivers of bloodshed, the deaths and bankruptcies of many of the signers of the Declaration, families torn apart and businesses and farms destroyed. The freedoms declared by the Declaration — and ushered into fact by the Constitution — were secured at a terrible cost.

Soon, across the growing nation, at sunrise on July 4, salutes were fired and bells were rung. Flags were flown from buildings, from homes, and along the streets. Shop windows were decorated with red, white, and blue. Churches held special services.

What’s Independence Day like today? Do most people you know actually make time to purposely celebrate our independence in meaningful ways?

Even while we’re again locked in a deadly combat on foreign soil  — still involving hundreds of thousands of our finest young men and women?

What are they fighting for now? Is it anything like what motivated our Revolutionary Army? 

Is it “freedom from religion,” the necessity to take “under God” out of our pledge, or even to do away with it altogether? Is it the “right” to end the lives of unwanted babies, or the “right” for two men or two women to “marry”? 

Or is it still the impossible dream of a nation under God, with unalienable rights endowed equally to all — among these life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?

Surely this weekend is a time for all of us who really cherish that original dream, the one for which so many have died, to individually and collectively re-declare our independence from tyranny, despotism, taxation without representation, and debts that no free society should ever bear. 

And allegiance to the blood-bought foundation of government of, by, and for the people . . . people who are determined to live free.

Posted by

Robert "Vegas Bob" Swetz  

Direct: 408 410 4171

"Have a Wonderful Day"



Comments (21)

Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Thanks for the great history lesson, Bob.  I think many people just celebrate to celebrate and forget the reasons behind it.

Jun 30, 2016 04:28 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning VB.  It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore.” 

Now they are taking our Second Amendment away, maybe not today but it's coming.  Sad day when that happens. 

Jun 30, 2016 08:40 PM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Bob

So very true and can you imagine what Independence Day will be like as we even get further into the future?

Jun 30, 2016 10:20 PM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello James

Thanks for stopping by and I hope they never take away the 2nd Amendment in my life time, they will have a hard time finding my buried guns ;o)

Jun 30, 2016 10:22 PM
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com

I always have to be ready for the 4th of July because it's one of my daughters birthdays! 

Jul 01, 2016 12:03 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

This reminds me of an employee long ago looking through the employee manual and he asked me why they didn't get 4th of July off.  I had to point out to him that Independence Day was 4th of July, haha.

Jul 01, 2016 12:27 AM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Nicole 

Thanks for stopping by always a pleasure and "Happy Birthday" to your daughter on July 4th ;o)

Jul 01, 2016 03:16 AM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Brian 

Very well my friend and so many people just don't have a clue!

Jul 01, 2016 03:19 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Bob, reading the accounts of the adventures of our founding fathers, it is a complete miracle that they pulled off such a feat!  Have a wonderful 4th of July!

Jul 02, 2016 03:22 AM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz

Yes it is quite amazing ...

Jul 02, 2016 09:27 AM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Pat

Yes and our founding fathers were amazing men!

Jul 02, 2016 09:28 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe


Is your phone number of twitter account on your helmet? 
Happy July 4th.

Sam Shueh

Jul 03, 2016 12:54 AM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Sam 

No those are stickers from orientation meetings before we can work on projects, and Happy July 4th too you also ...

Jul 03, 2016 01:56 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Hi, Bob!  I included this post in today's Last Week's Favorites.

And I hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend!

Jul 03, 2016 06:22 AM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz

Thanks much Pat and have a wonderful safe Independence Day ;o)

Jul 03, 2016 10:42 AM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Freedom isn't free - it's purchased with a terrible price of human lives - so it annoys me beyond words when so many here want to simply give it away. 

What ARE our soldiers fighting for today? Surely not for the right for men to use ladies' bathrooms! 

A big thank you to our soldiers, and to our veterans and statesmen who risked or gave all to keep our country fee. 

In case you missed it, check out John Wayne's 4th of July message:


Jul 03, 2016 06:52 AM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz

Hello Marte

Thanks for stopping by, I totally agree and I like your link about John Wayne!

Jul 03, 2016 10:44 AM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Pat

Thanks so much for including my post in this weeks favorite ;o)

Jul 03, 2016 10:46 AM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Marte

Thanks so much for stopping by with your great link of John Wayne ;o)

Jul 03, 2016 10:47 AM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

You never cease to amaze me... very thoughtful and wonderful post! Happy Independence day Robert Vegas Bob Swetz  AKA Alaska Bob!

Jul 03, 2016 02:34 PM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz

Thanks Debra and the same to you 

Jul 03, 2016 02:44 PM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Debra

Thanks for stopping by and God broke the mold after he made me 

Jul 03, 2016 02:45 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Hi Robert Vegas Bob Swetz ,

I'm so glad I caught this featured on Patricia Kennedy 's Sunday post on her favorites for the week..thanks for the history lesson and Happy July 4th!!

Jul 04, 2016 12:37 PM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Dorie and thanks for stopping by my friend 

Jul 04, 2016 01:31 PM