A great patriot once wrote of the celebration of Independence Day saying "It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shews, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward forever more." That from our second president, John Adams. I find it absurd that the Bellingham City Council has decided we should all stop celebrating with fireworks so as not to offend their Birkenstocks. Do they think they know more than our founding fathers about the significance of American indepedence? Have we as citizens forgotten the importance of this holiday? Bellingham deserves better.