I don't really celebrate holidays. But the Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays. The one memory I keep close to my heart is when I lived in Jersey City. We were in the Heights, on the ridge so you could see across the Hudson and watch the NYC fireworks. People rented their rooftops!
This was an old historic district of the city with some houses dating back to the 1700s.
This particular Fourth, I went outside my apartment to join everyone on the cobblestone road leading to Hoboken. When I looked around, people were standing together, in joy and peace, watching the fireworks. People from everywhere. This touched my heart, and I hold it in memory and return to the feeling each Fourth. People were just being themselves, relaxed with their families and sharing this holiday together.
I try to recreate this particular event for myself throughout the year. United under the stars. Just humans sharing life together.