Reconnecting with Your Favorite Places


Fireworks at the nation's capital | © M.V. Jantzen

Fireworks at the nation’s capitol | © M.V. Jantzen

Fourth of July – barbeques, fireworks, sunscreen, and being outdoors. What could make for a better holiday weekend?

The Fourth is a time where we as Americans reconnect to things and people that are important to us – our families, friends, the outdoors, maybe your favorite park or river in your hometown or city. We often spend the day, sometimes the whole weekend, surrounded by people we care about and the places we love.

Spending time on or near your local river, on a hiking trail or in a city park are reminders of how special the outdoors are to us as individuals and as a country. There are so many reasons to be grateful as we celebrate our Nation’s birthday – from clean and safe places to swim, float and fish to our protected places like Wild and Scenic Rivers, National Parks, and Monuments. America’s long history of outdoor stewardship are represented in each of these special places and are instilled in future generations with each visit. What better way to spend the Fourth of July than reconnecting with your favorite place and sharing it with your friends and family.

This Fourth of July I’ll be headed up to the Yampa River and Dinosaur National Monument – where will you be?