Kudos to organizers in the city of Sunnyside for pulling off a festive Fourth with family friendly activities, a parade, contests, fireworks and even a military fly-over.
The city has received its share of low marks, including some from me, for some July 4 holidays that lacked much in the way of festivities.
So, it's only right for the city to receive some praise for coming up with a Fourth we can all be proud of.
There are still problems aplenty in our town, to be sure, but there are increasingly good things to share, too.
Whether it's an improving graduation rate, summer Bible programs that attract more than 100 children daily, renewed downtown pride or a classic Fourth of July celebration, there are some positive things afoot in Sunnyside.
Here's to continuing that momentum with National Night Out in August and Sunshine Days in September.
Here's also to a growing partnership between Sunnyside agencies, as that will only help our community's chances of attracting grant-funded improvements.
If there's any doubt that's possible, just take a look at what collaboration has done for Grandview in terms of infrastructural improvements - a new library, community center and downtown improvements.
It's a season to see the potential in Sunnyside, literally, as all of us in the newsroom are busy at work on stories for this fall's Pride of the Valley publication that highlights what's good about this town and the rest of the Lower Valley.
So, thanks again to Sunnyside's organizers for a festive Fourth...and here's hoping community leadership will help us go forth in developing more Sunnyside pride.