Having Independence to Make Choices

The Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, and announced the separation of the thirteen American colonies from Great Britain. With this, a new nation was formed—the United States of America. History verifies Thomas Jefferson as the composer of the original draft. Once completed, Jefferson submitted his draft to Benjamin Franklin and John Adams for their changes. Eventually, it made its final destination to Congress where it was amended for the last time. Today, we see in its detailed wording why Congress was declaring independence from Great Britain.

The most quoted line from the Declaration is "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” Our forefathers were declaring they not only deserved freedom, but were willing to continue fighting for it.

Freedom is a great definition of independence, as it is the result of the choices we make in our life. The power of choice is one of the greatest freedoms we have in our country – and presented to you now the simple choice to choose which family focused quality events you will participate in this Independence Day, 2018.  The choices are as follows:
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10:00 am - Angle Lake Manor Club Parade 
Pull up a chair to watch or you may choose to decorate your trike, bike, scooter, wagon, dog, yourself (!) and join the parade! Starting at the corner of 33rd Av S & S. 194th St turning right and proceeding down S 192nd St, then right on 39th Av and back around to S 194th St ending at the Manor Club Beach Lot for a patriotic sing along and ice cream social. Yum!

11:00 am – Bud Jones Memorial Run/Walk Around the Lake
Compete against your neighbors for bragging rights and prizes – or earn the trophy as the fastest runner to complete the course around the perimeter of the lake first. Race will begin at Post 35.  Registration opens at 10:45 am; Walkers depart at 11:00; Runners start at 11:30 – awards presented at noon.

01:00 pm – Live Music Starts on Stage at the Public Park 
01:00 pm – Dock / Beach Decoration Judging
Let those creative juices flow in a competition to come up with the most impressive Independence Day dock display. Wow the socks off our judges to win a prize of $100 for First Place! $75; $50; $25 awarded for 2nd – 4th and Beach Towel presented for 5th  – 10th place. 

03:00 pm – Swim Races
Okay all you guppies; minnows; barracudas; sharks; flounders; whales or whichever aquatic species you perceive yourself to be. Time to get your swim suits on and get ready to compete for prizes as the fastest of all swimmers!  We'll be assembling at 2:45 on the shores at Gregg and Marsha Louvier's Beach (the large Lighted Cross from the water, or Post 46 from 46th Street). Plenty of parking on the grass. Cash prizes awarded to the fastest children, other valuable prizes will be awarded to fastest adults!

03:30 pm – Boat Races (aprox.)
Immediately following the swim races – attention will shift to boat racing. If it floats then you can race it! Just show up in some kind of water craft and we’ll find a category to put you in and you’ll be ready to join in the fun and paddle, pedal or row your way to victory.  Prizes will be awarded for fastest competitors.

7:30 pm – Decorated Boat Parade
Pontoon boats; ski boats; outboard motor boats – and hey, if you think you can keep up in a row boat or peddle boat, then fall in line with the parade of boats that will circle the lake spreading additional holiday cheer! In similar fashion with our Annual Christmas Boat Parade except we’re asking that you decorate your boat in patriotic red, white, and blue affair instead.  And while Santa Clause won’t be there, Uncle Sam just may make an appearance!

10:00 pm – The 4th of July Finale 
We are pleased to announce the return of ‘Ring of Fire’ along the shore and the fireworks display returning to the center of the lake! To ensure the fireworks show starts on time, please ensure that you remain at least 100 yards from the fireworks barge. The Board Members of the Angle Lake Shore Club also wish to remind our neighbors that possession and discharge of private fireworks is illegal within SeaTac city limits.

A special shout out in recognition to the many volunteers who donate their time to help plan, coordinate and execute these events. Speaking on behalf of the community, your efforts are most appreciated!

Have a Happy and Safe Independence Day Celebration.

1 comment:

Goulet Launce said...

Best Fireworks Show EVER. Thanks to everyone who supported this effort.