As we celebrate our country and freedom this July 4 weekend, I hope you will attend or participate in one of the many parades and celebrations being hosted by various cities throughout the county. Additionally, whether it is enjoying a barbecue, taking a swim, traveling on the roadway or enjoying the waterways, take the necessary safety steps to protect you and your loved ones. Also, remember to be considerate recognizing that loud noises can trigger Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder for some and be particularly upsetting to pets. I wish you all a safe and happy Fourth of July weekend!