The neighborhood is a buzz with the kids out of school, beach days all around, and the Valmonte gardens all in bloom. But almost as great as the anticipation for Christmas is the joys of freedom as the 4th of July weekend draws near. On my evening walk lately I passed neighbors decorating their house with bunting for the holiday, flags were flying in the afternoon sun, and I must have passed nearly a dozen fellow evening strollers out enjoying the warm summer evening. Nothing quiet beats the sounds of kids playing outside until the last bits of light are gone or the smell of a backyard grill firing up. This independence day be sure to take a minute to relish in the fact that we live in a great neighborhood in a free country. But don’t take it for granted – we enjoy this spirit of freedom as the result of all the men and women, many of them our neighbors, who have risked their own personal freedom so that we may enjoy it safely here at home. God bless America and the people that keep it free! See you in the neighborhood!