Independence Day celebrations will be happening across the country today.  Do Amish take part?

A few years back I wrote a short piece on Amish and July 4th, and on “Plain patriotism”.  As you’d expect, Amish observance of the holiday varies.

On a related note, each year Topeka, Indiana holds a buggy pull race following the the town’s 4th of July parade.  By the videos posted online, it looks like contestants include Amish youth, both male and female (plus some English folks too), and a mixed Amish and English crowd.   Here’s a 30-second clip of the unusual event:

A happy 4th to all American readers (and a belated Happy Canada Day to everyone north of the border)!

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