It is hard to believe that it is July already. Time just seems to fly by. I think the older you get the faster time just rushes by. July 4th is one of my favorite holidays of the year. To me July 4th means a time for family and friends, hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill, ice cream, fireworks, patriotic music, and some famous Bogue Sound watermelons. I hope you enjoy the 4th with your family and friends as we celebrate our Nations Independence. Take time to thank God for blessing our great nation.
On June 11, 1776 the colonies Second Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia formed a committee with the purpose of drafting a document that would sever ties with Great Britain. The committee included Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams. North Carolina was represented by William Hooper, John Penn, and Joseph Hewes. The Continental Congress officially adopted the final version on July 4, 1776. The following day copies of the Declaration were distributed and on July 6, The Pennsylvania Evening Post was the first newspaper to publish this important document.
Exactly one year later on July 4, 1777, Philadelphia marked Independence Day by adjourning Congress and celebrating with bells, fireworks and bonfires. This custom soon spread to other towns across America. Congress established Independence as a holiday in 1870 and in 1938 Congress reaffirmed it as a holiday, but with full pay for all federal employees.
This year you are invited to join us for our annual Fourth of July Fireworks at the Bogue Inlet Pier. The fireworks will start at 9 pm. This is always a fun and festive occasion. The fireworks all sponsored by the Town of Emerald Isle. Special thanks to Mike Stanley and the Bogue Inlet Pier for allowing us to have the fireworks display at the pier.
At the Town Board Meeting in June we recognized our lifeguards for this summer. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our fantastic team of lifeguards who patrol the beach each and every day through the summer. They do a terrific job in protecting us. Hats off to them and to all of our first responders. We are so fortunate to have outstanding first responders at Emerald Isle. Thanks to their dedication and thanks to their service to our community.
Congratulations to Fire Captain Joey Pruitt of the Emerald Isle Fire Department who will be retiring in July after 25 years of faithful and dedicated service to the our town. Thanks Joey for your faithful service and leadership. We will miss you. God Bless you on your retirement.
Police Educating the Public will be held on Tuesday, July 17 at the Town Board Meeting Room at 10:00 am. The program will be on Crimes Against Seniors. The instructor will be Sgt. Tim Long of the Emerald Isle Police Department. Please make every effort to attend this most important meeting.
July will be a wonderful month in Emerald isle. Please be safe and enjoy our beautiful island. See y’all around our town.