A declaration of our independence

Charlotte Guedry
Ascension Parish held a fireworks display on the levee in?Donaldsonville on Sunday, July 3. Independence Day, July 4, is commemorated throughout the United States as the day in which the Declaration of Independence, presented on July 2, 1776 by Richard Henry Lee, was approved and signed.

Residents throughout Ascension Parish descended upon Donaldsonville on Sunday for fireworks, family and fun.

The levee in downtown Donaldsonville saw many parish residents enjoying music and food as they joined with their families and friends to celebrate Independence Day.

“I love fireworks, and I go every year,” said Gonzales resident Amanda Turner. “There’s just something about the 4th of July that seems so close knit. It’s like everyone comes together and feels some type of kinship or something,” she said.

July 4 is solely an American holiday, which commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 on that date. Settlers in the Americas were unhappy with the rule of the British government and the English George III, and wanted their own independence.

A resolution was presented by Richard Henry Lee, asking that the new colonies become independent of Great Britain.

Thomas Jefferson supported Lee’s request, and on July 4, 1776, the document was presented by Jefferson where it was approved and signed.

“It’s a great day,” said Jacob Satterly of Prairieville. “It’s one of those moments when you’re extra proud to be an American. It’s the kind of day when we all get together and shout out God Bless the U.S.A.”

The firework display in?Donaldsonville is the only official parish display, and the weather didn’t dampen the spirits of those attending.

The levee was packed with people just waiting to ooh and to aah at the colors of the many fireworks in the display.

There was a fear that the display would not happen this year, but the community came together to make it work.

By banding together, the area was able to provide a safe, welcome environment that was inviting for residents of all ages.

“This is the first year that my son has come with me,” said Turner. “He’s old enough now, and he’s had as much fun as I have. I think he’s going to appreciate the holiday just as much as his mother does.”

Satterly agrees that the event is all about the fun.

“The music was fantastic, the food was wonderful, and the display was beautiful,” he said. “I’ve never been before, and the thought of heading to Baton Rouge just didn’t sound appealing. Although me and my family could have gone to both, the parish one was perfect. There’s no need to go anywhere else. I’m really glad we went.”