This weekend sees the USA and the Isle of Man respectively celebrate their Independence Day.
For us, July 5th is the Isle of Man’s Independence (Tynwald) Day and unlike the USA’s 4th July Cancelled fireworks, closed beaches, socially distant barbeques, we are pressing ahead with our celebrations albeit on Monday 6th and without the visit of a member of the British Royal Family or superb marching military band – and probably without fireworks too.
But there will be a Ceremony on the Hill, and our beaches are open!
No, this isn’t going to be a normal 5th of July. But even though Covid-19 has changed how we get together this year, we can still celebrate our Independence Day with our family, friends, and neighbours.
We can applaud our local Government officials and healthcare-workers who have through either luck, judgement or a combination of the two have seen off this appalling virus, and stopped it from running unchecked through our community, unlike Texas and California.
We’ve spent a quarter of 2020 living with quarantine and so many other restrictions on our daily lives.
July 5th gives us a much-needed opportunity to celebrate our Island, our freedoms, and our loved ones.
The Thornton team, as a proud Manx company, will be taking Monday off as our National holiday to celebrate Tynwald Day.
Whether you’re adapting summer traditions or starting new ones this year, we hope you stay safe and have fun.