An extravaganza is a large and impressive celebration or event, and there is no more perfect description of an annual celebratory display of fireworks, shooting their sparkling glitter of colors over our heads as we look skyward. The “ooohs and ahhhs” as each one bursts open is our shared appreciation for the surprise and magic of the colors and patterns and sounds which
explode above us. It is a special brand of camaraderie, knowing that from one end of our country to the other, Americans everywhere are sharing in the celebration, looking skyward at their own special fireworks show.
Narconon Freedom Center in Albion, Michigan, celebrated its own 4th of July extravaganza in the finest of traditions. The center’s name itself is a tribute to two kinds of freedom, the freedom to live one’s life in the country, which represents freedom to the world, and to live it free from the chains of drug addiction. Perhaps we all know instinctively that a human being is only happy when he or she is truly free.
And what sort of extravaganza did the students and staff of the center enjoy this 4th of July?
Due to the center’s location, the students on the rehab program along with Freedom Center staff were able to go down to the local river to watch the Albion town fireworks display. Fireworks reflecting off the water flowing in the river could only make the display all the more spectacular.
In addition to the fireworks, the center held a traditional 4th of July barbeque, along with outdoor games in which both staff and students could participate. The games provided fun and challenges for everyone, and included relay races, an egg toss, blind-folded obstacle courses, a volleyball tournament, and a basketball game. And there were prizes for the winners, of course!
Afterwards, there was the traditional bonfire, which along with the games, the sports, and the illuminations (fireworks) has great historical significance from long ago. America’s second president, John Adams, (president from March 4, 1797 – March 4, 1801) writing about the 4th of July, said, “I believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be celebrated by pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other…”
And in a final celebratory display, a fitting end to this special extravaganza, Narconon Freedom Center shot off their own fireworks for staff and students to enjoy. Perhaps this has been the finest 4th of July celebration to date, and staff and students all look forward to the annual tradition of Narconon Freedom Center’s 4th of July Extravaganza continuing, and getting better and better in the years to come.
Narconon Freedom Center is a non-profit drug and alcohol treatment facility licensed through the state of Michigan which has been helping individuals caught in the trap of substance abuse and alcoholism using the non-traditional and drug-free approach to treatment, the Narconon Drug Rehabilitation Program. Narconon Freedom Center also provides drug prevention education to local schools and community outreach programs. For more information on the center and the Narconon Drug Rehabilitaton Program, and Narconon Freedom Center go to our main site at www.narconon.org.