“Green Bay fireworks to showcase new downtown”

The Fourth of July festivities in downtown Green Bay provide the perfect opportunity to showcase all that is new.

Downtown Green Bay businesses are pulling out all the stops with about 100,000 people expected at the city’s Fourth of July festivities.


“Just because of how many people are going to be down here, you really have to be on your A-game to showcase what you have,” said Beau Gille, the owner of Adam’s Street Pub & Grill.

Adam’s Street Pub is hoping a pig roast and live music will help lure people in. The restaurant and bar opened just four months ago. Gille hopes the fourth will help introduce people to his new downtown establishment.


“We’re crossing our fingers,” said Gille. “It should be the big hooray, the Super Bowl, I guess so to speak.”

Green Bay city leaders are hoping the same thing for its revamped downtown.


“I think if you haven’t been here in a year, it’s significantly improved,” said Jim Schmitt, Green Bay’s mayor.

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“Stars and Stripes Forever”

Perhaps the most well-known of John Phillip Sousa’s marches, this patriotic march is also the “Official” March of the United States of America.

“Washington Post March”

On this patriotic day, one of John Phillip Sousa’s famous patriotic marches.

“Feast of the Visitation, A Time for Celebration”

As you prepare to celebrate on Wednesday …

42 and she lifted up her voice with a loud cry, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.

43 And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come unto me?

44 For behold, when the voice of thy salutation came into mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.

45 And blessed is she that believed; for there shall be a fulfilment of the things which have been spoken to her from the Lord.

Luke 1:42-45

For the 236th time Americans will celebrate Independence Day. Patriots from Maine to California will fire up barbecue grills and ice down beer in anticipation of the evening’s fireworks. It is the perfect end to a perfect day.

Traditional celebrations sometimes lose their mystique over time. The more frequently we experience holidays, the less they have to offer. After all, how much fun can a celebration be after 236 repetitions? Plenty!

That’s right. No matter how many times Americans celebrate Independence Day, it continues to bring ‘oohs and aahs’ with the explosion of multicolored fireworks in the July night sky.

Reading one more time about the prenatal encounter between John and Jesus is one of those celebrations that simply does not grow old. It is an encounter filled with ‘oohs and aahs.’

John’s prenatal celebration begins with a leap in the womb. Elizabeth shares her joy, and proclaims the reason for her happiness. It is not that she is with child; rather, it is that Mary is with “the Child.” She bears the Savior of the world.

Salvation is at hand, even among us. Coming in the flesh is forgiveness, hope, and eternal life. What joy there is for sinners! Jesus is near; He is among us and in His life, suffering, and death there is the promise of eternal life.

Washed in the waters of baptism and renewed in the Eucharistic meal sinners find hope. No matter how many times one receives the gift of life at the altar; it never grows old. It continues to fill the sinners’ response with ‘oohs and aahs’ of thanksgivingfor God’s continued grace and mercy. Amen.

via Feast of the Visitation, A Time for Celebration.