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Editorial: July 4th

What a grand holiday July 4th is, so patriotic, so casual and so programmed; barbecues are obligatory so there’s very little discussion or confusion as to how to celebrate.

Manhasset has never looked better, lawns are green and provide a lush background for the dazzling impact of banks of flowers blooming everywhere.

This July 4 around town a profusion of American flags are alternately waving or wilting from trees, porches, front doors, flowerpots, balconies and yes—flag poles.

Both the flowers and flags are visually stimulating, each in its own way, breathtaking. And this summer, at this moment, they’re in concert, delivering a one-two punch.

The American flag, however, unlike the well-tended gardens, knows no season. It always has the ability to stir the soul. It’s a unifying symbol, in troubled times even more so.

July 4 celebrates our independence; it’s a celebration of America and the American flag.

Manhasset was dressed for the occasion.