Happy Independence Day

July 3, 2007

Happy Independence Day Happy 4th of July, everyone.  This is really a very special time of year for all of us as we celebrate the founding of this great nation.  I've spent the last 60 years on the 4th of July in the little town of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, which really embodies the spirit of the 4th.  Up there, of course, they call it "the fawth."  And they have a wonderful little parade through town with the fire trucks and the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts and some floats they put together up there, and anybody's who's got an old car is invited to drive it.  Everybody lines up on the sidewalk to cheer at the parade.

I went in to the parade a couple of years ago, and as I was on my way into town, I noticed that there were a couple of old gentlemen standing out in front of a little, white New England house with an American flag on the pole.  And they were obviously World War II veterans helping each other get into their World War II uniforms.  One was in the Navy; the other was in the Army.  Their brass buttons were shined, their shoes were polished, their hats were clean and fresh.  And there they were standing in front of the American flag; these two guys were at least in their 80s, trying to help each other get ready to celebrate the 4th. 

We always go into town with our children in our boat and watch the fireworks on the 4th of July.  It's a special, special occasion.  It's always been a family vacation for us.  We have a cookout on the 4th of July, a barbecue where we have hamburgers and hot dogs out in the backyard and corn on the cob and baked beans, and then we pile in the boat with all our kids and grandchildren, and we go to town to watch the fireworks.

So I hope you're having a good 4th of July, and I hope you'll all remember what a great blessing this country has been in all of our lives, and how much it has blessed the world.

I'm Bill Marriott, and thank you for helping me keep Marriott on the move.

Happy Independence Day


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You are an inspiration to us all. I was fortunate to have been introduced to you a few weeks ago in Wolfeboro. What I neglected to say then was that I thought your boat is beautiful. But I am sure you knew that already.

I spent last year in Wolfeboro. I really enjoyed the fireworks.
Please call it Independence Day and not the '4th'.

Don't forget the lawn chair brigade in the Wolfeboro parade, always the highlight of the parade:-)

We experience so many blessings and freedoms in America that people in other countries only dream of. We are so fortunate. God Bless America.
Live Your Dreams,
Jill Koenig
Author, Coach, Motivational Speaker
http://www.GoalGuru.com

It's nice to here from American Corp that cares, God Bless America. This is why we are staying at the Marriot during this holiday week, because of your service

Hi,Bill,
It's nice to hear your voice through internet and your story~ Marriott just sit close to my apartment in Brisbane Australia, but I never been to there. It is very nice hotel.
Have a lovely day~

God bless you too Mr. Marriott! The tradition of excellence & ecomomic opportunity that the Marriott brand has created is priceless...for travelers, for employees, for other current or aspiring business owners. May your legacy continue to prosper and may those who know the worth & power of prayer to continue to pray for you & your family. And hopefully I'll make it up to your little parade next year...God bless again!! Jason

Happy Fourth to you and your family, Mr. Marriott!
I have to say...we've always enjoyed our stays with the Marriott family. Excellent hotels and superb customer service. We are delighted every time during vacation or business trips.
A big thank you!
Best,
Joy and Greg Lim

I enjoyed your blog about July 4th in Wolfeboro. I am from originally Wolfeboro and we always celebrated the same way: parade in the morning,cookout in the evening and then out on the boat for the fireworks.
My father,John Prescott,occasionally played golf with your father at Bald Peak.
Thanks for bringing back some great memories. Anne Prescott Buell