by Freida Marie Crump
Greetings from the Ridge.
On July 4, 1777, Philadelphia decided to celebrate. Just a year before, the Continental Congress had adopted the Declaration of Independence, and although we hadn’t really won it or received it, we claimed independence to be ours. At 8 a.m., 13 guns roared across the village green, prayers were said, what amounted to our army paraded around a bit, a few notables