Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro’ the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watch’d, were so gallantly streaming?

Every year we celebrate our Independence with gusto in remembrance of the lives lost in order to establish our freedom, the strength of character of our forefathers to establish a new country & documents like the Declaration of Independence & our right to blow things up for the cost of a firecracker!

For years we have enjoyed the festivities of Go Fourth Festival, but this was our first year to taste the work that goes into making this event EXCLAIMATIOUS! Was it daunting? Was it invigorating? Was it overwhelming? Will we do it again? YES! EXCLAIM IT!

Beating the street to assist in any way we could…the late nights coming up with ways to help with marketing…setting up tents and displays…the heat, sunburn & exhaustion were…exhilarating!

We couldn’t be in more than one place so…since we were on the committee of Attic Ministries…serve as Pres & VP of Living Ministries…and are the main team members of Exclaim Media & Knotty Wares…we stuffed ourselves into one tent…rearranging nearly every day…and Karen got to have fun doing some new things like: Emceeing for the Card Board Boat Regatta & Go Fourth Parade! Sometimes she gets to have all the fun…

Well, that’s ok because Summer got to smile at people, crochet her heart out & take the garbage out a lot! 🙂

Ok…we also wandered around and handing out Valley Buglers (Everyone wants to read The Good News Newspaper, even if they don’t know it yet!), shook hands and met all the non-profits and for profits that surrounded us and made some new friends!

O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

See you again next year! By the way…did you know it costs at least $80,000 every year to make Go Fourth Festival Rock? This invaluable non-profit organization makes it go every year…they even hire Longview’s Finest to take care of us and keep us safe…for sponsorship or donation opportunities please see their web site at GoFourthFestival.org or Contact Us.

Excerpts are from The Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key, 1814.

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