Mouth That Roars

Bill Liblick has made a name for himself of National TV Talk Shows where he spouted his outspoken views from the front row. Now he offers you his opinion every week in the "MOUTH THAT ROARS" Column in the Sullivan County Post.

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July 3rd, 2018

Independence Day 2018 – Fireworks, Street Festivals, Hot Dogs and A Time to Proud We Are Americans!

With this heatwave – Air conditioners and BBQ’s might be running on overtime – But the big news will be all the fireworks that will be lighting up our sky as we celebrate our Independence.

During all these celebrations – We must take a moment to be thankful for the real freedom our Constitution and Declaration of Independence grants us.

Although the true meaning of the 4th of July revolves around our Independence from Britain, it is the democracy that was born out of it we should all celebrate. 

Alongside Democracy comes the American Dream, and that is continually being played out before us each and every day.

Indeed, we are not the same America we were just a few short years ago. For better or worse, depending on who one talks to, new immigrants are arriving daily because they want the freedom we are all granted.

As we mark our Independence, we must be thankful to live in such a diverse nation made up of so many vibrant people.  It is not difficult to understand why so many people leave their suppressed countries to settle in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

As we celebrate our Independence, I often think how in other countries the media is controlled by the government, and expressions of diverse opinions are denied. Modern technology such as cell phones, facebook and twitter are breaking through that barrier.

We can never allow free speech and discussion of the issues to be silenced. Indeed, the Internet and social media is changing how we do business in Sullivan County.

I hope you enjoy communicating, reading about, and discussing the news  and offering your opinions on issues concerning all of us in Sullivan County in the Facebook group Sullivan County Post.

I am grateful to be afforded the opportunity to discuss the issues facing us. Hopefully, “The Mouth That Roars” column assists in creating honest dialogue throughout Sullivan County.

We must all be thankful for all our first amendment rights grant us and should use it in a positive productive way.

In Sullivan County, there will be many celebrations marking Independence Day with parades, street fairs and fireworks.

Some of the events this weekend Include:


 The Town of Liberty’s Fourth of July Festival, sponsored by the Greater Liberty Chamber of Commerce, will be a day filled with fun, food, face painting, parade, music, fireworks and more. Locals and vacationers alike are encouraged to gather and celebrate America’s Independence Day as a community.

The festival will be held on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. First on the list of many festival activities is The Annual Classic Car Show, which kicks off in front of the Liberty Elementary School behind the Liberty Library at 10:30 a.m. The Annual Car Show is sponsored by Immaculate Concepts.

The festival’s parade, which will feature floats from local businesses and classic cars from The Annual Car Show will begin at 12:05 p.m. Back by popular demand will be music by The Other Band, kicking off immediately following the parade on the Main Street Stage At LaPolt Park.  Throughout the day there will be a children’s area with bouncy houses, face painting, and more located in the Former TD Bank parking lot. A fireworks display will commence at dusk.

The rain date for the Liberty Festival is set for Saturday, July 7, 2018.

There is still opportunity to bring your floats or to march in the parade. There are also some last minute vendor spaces available! 

For more info please call or email the Liberty Chamber at 845-292-9797 or

Human Rights Commission Kicks Off Law Enforcement Police-Community Relations Initiative at Liberty Festival

The Human Rights Commission of Sullivan County, in its long-standing relationship with the community and law enforcement, has announced a joint project partnering with local & state police and community leaders with a goal to strengthen police-community relations.

The Human Rights Commission and police are joining forces at three major summer events in Sullivan County, beginning with Liberty’s July 4th Festival at Lapolt Park, followed by Fallsburg’s National Night Out Monticello’s Bagel Fest.

Activities scheduled events includes “The Convincer” (a texting and driving simulator) provided by the New York State Police.

The Commission believes that policing plus human rights equals justice. Visit the Human Rights Commission’s booths for more information.


Narrowsburg Fire Department

JULY 4 @ 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Chicken BBQ (takeout) is available for $12 from 4:30-6:00.
Fireworks at dusk


Bethel: July 4, fireworks will take place overlooking White Lake, free parking at the municipal lot, 3586 Route 55, Kauneonga Lake.

Liberty: July 4, rain date July 8, Liberty Soldiers Cemetery, Cemetery Rd., Liberty, fireworks will be shot off from Liberty Soldiers Cemetery and will be visible throughout the town.

Narrowsburg July 4th at dusk 9PM

Villa Roma July 4th at dusk at 9 PM

 The Monticello Raceway will hold their annual Fireworks show on Friday, July 6th 10 PM 

July 7th Morningside Park in Fallsburg

The fourth of July may be during the week but the excitement continues through the weekend at Resorts World Catskills with our fireworks display on Sunday, July 8th at 10PM!

I hope Sullivan County residents come out in droves to celebrate these great events. It is crucial we take the time to appreciate our independence and freedom, as well as support our local towns and merchants.

No matter ones viewpoints, race, creed, color, gender, age, education, wealth, sexual orientation, or religious ideology, we all strive for the same goals and quality of life. Even though some of our customs, political beliefs, and the way we approach life may vary, we are all the same.

Although some of us might not understand differences or disagreements, we must learn to tolerate and respect others. That is what our great country is all about.

Happy 4th of July and enjoy your hot dog!

Bill Liblick has made a name for himself of National TV Talk Shows where he spouted his outspoken views from the front row. Now he offers you his opinion every week in the “MOUTH THAT ROARS” Column in the Sullivan County Post

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