Celebrating the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave!

Year after year, one scorching summer after another, the Fourth of July rolls around and the anticipation of the day’s festivities fill the neighborhood streets with excitement. It is, after all, the peak of the summer season. The once vividly colored beach towel is beginning to fade from long days left in the sun and you have mastered the art of grilling the perfect steak after several weekend barbecues of practice!

Undoubtedly, it is the most enjoyable summer celebration! Friends and family come together to enjoy food made with love,  share in laughter and most importantly to create memories that will be shared for years to come; hopefully, not at your expense!

However, not every American has the luxury of spending the holiday poolside or lighting up the night sky with a spectacular firework display. How easy it is to take for granted the brave men and women who choose to put their life on the line for our many freedoms, great and small. This holiday has been built upon tremendous sacrifice since 1776 when American independence was won and continues to be fought for every day. Always remember the strength and courage of our brothers and sisters who protect our country everyday so that we can enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

So, this Fourth of July as you celebrate this great land with friends and family, remember to take a moment and salute our country’s brave stars.

Have a wonderful and safe holiday!

Written by Rosie Curiel

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JNR Incorporated is a globally recognized leader specializing in creating custom programs that motivate, engage and reward the employees, customers and channel members of our Fortune 1000 clients. For over 35 years, JNR has designed and delivered a comprehensive suite of solutions including incentive travel, prepaid reward and gift cards, meetings and conferences, events and entertainment, technology solutions and marketing communications.  Our programs produce measurable results and are proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.

Photo by: “Happy 4th of July” by Karsun Designs is licensed under CC by 2.0

JNR Spotlight: Independence Day

Variously known as the Fourth of July and Independence Day, July 4th has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83). In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with typical festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.

It is important to note that Native Americans lived in the country and each tribe had its own nation and government prior to the European settlers. However, many native people see the Fourth of July as a coming together with the larger American community. Native Americans are distinct individuals with a traditional culture, but many find special significance in this holiday, including many American-Indian war veterans who have defended our nation.
Let’s all rejoice together; display the American flag, sing “The Star Spangled Banner” and celebrate the political freedom and liberties we enjoy in this great United States of America.

Be safe and have fun!

By JNR Incorporated

Written by LuAnn Jalet, Chief Operating Officer

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JNR Incorporated is a results-based, globally recognized leader that specializes in creating custom incentive travel, meeting, event, prepaid card and merchandise programs that motivate, engage and inspire the employees, customers and channel members of our clients. We have over 30 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies in many diverse industries. Our programs are tailored to fit the specific needs of marketing, sales, management and human resource professionals. The unique solutions we apply are measurable and proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.

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