cowboys and Carrot Top...all things American

As I sat under a clear, cloudless sky on July 4th I looked across a lake at displays of fireworks all across the shore line and marveled at the fact that the Fourth of July is something that most people here in the United States celebrate.

And why shouldn't we celebrate? We live in a country where we are free to worship, speak, publish, act freely. A country of abundance, sometimes excessive decadence. The country which gave the world apple pie, American cowboys, the world's largest can of spinach, Jazz music, Carrot Top, baseball, the Civil War, Saturday Night Fever, American Gothic, Mark Twain and the Justice League America. Ah, how magnificent.

I love history, and I love taking out my old history textbooks and reading about early U.S. history to commemorate the date each year.

In a letter to Abigail, John Adams wrote:

"The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more."

John was a little off. And no, he wasn't sampling his cousin Sam Adam's latest brew. In this letter he was refering to the July 2nd resolution that the Congress approved during a closed session. July 4th forever became famous because that was the day that the Declaration of Independence was signed. There is your history lesson for the day.

Good times. I hope everyone had a good 4th of July. And for more reading:

NPR on the 4th of July.

This year was different, very different than last year's 4th of July.


I've been lazy checking up on (web) people, too. We all have family and friends, and they are most important. And you have a job you enjoy. By comparison, the Internet is almost meaningless.

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