Friday, July 3, 2009

Happy Birthday America!

The Durham Bulls Athletic Park is hosting USA Baseball July 4th. The nation's top college players take on their counterparts from Guatemala at 6:05...and we'll celebrate Americas 233rd birthday with fireworks at 9:20. The National Pastime on the Nation's Birthday! Perfection.

- In the courtyard, on the American Tobacco campus, there's a free concert beginning at 5:30, John Brown and the Groove Shop Band.
- ATC's newest restaurant is open for business, Cuban Revolution. Check it out!

America the Beautiful
Words by Katharine Lee Bates
Melody by Samuel Ward

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern impassioned stress
A thoroughfare of freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America! America!
God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!

O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife.
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life!
America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain divine!