Every year on the fourth of July I'm always puzzled by all the stores that remain open for a national holiday. Why is it that the malls are closed for Christmas, a religious holiday celebrated only by Christians, but are open for Independence Day, a national holiday celebrated by all Americans regardless of race or religion. For that matter, why are the stores closed for Thanksgiving, a holiday commemorating a successful fall harvest by the pilgrims after a difficult first year in this country, but open on the Fourth of July, a holiday that celebrates the formal adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776, the founding of The United States of America and independence from England.
When I worked in the retail industry I was always disgusted that the store had to remain open on the Fourth of July. Instead of being able to spend time with my family and enjoy a day of freedom, I had to be in the mall dealing with customers who a vast majority of were recent immigrants and foreigners, people who had no idea what independence and freedom were all about.
In my eyes the Fourth of July is the most important of all American holidays. If you consider yourself a patriotic American you should boycott malls and stores. If no one patronizes the stores on Independence Day maybe management will take a hint and close the store next year so the workers can spend The Fourth the way it is meant to be enjoyed. Don't go to the mall, don't go shopping, buy all your groceries before the 4th. Instead spend the day outside with family and friends enjoying the freedom the comes with living in the greatest country in the world, the land of the free and home of the brave.