Samuel Adams is attributed with specifying the particularly American way of celebrating our nations Independence Day. His was a vision of illuminations, lights, and sound, from one coast to another, which is exactly what you get. And hot dogs. Also, potato salad, beer from cans, sun burns, and Bruce Springsteen and Lynyrd Skynyrd being played really loudly. As a child of immigrants, I have never really gotten this holiday. I understand the celebration of liberty of course, just not the way Americans choose to celebrate it. However, I do find it entirely entertaining to watch. Nothing says patriotism like illegal fireworks purchased from Native Americans in the hands of a middle school kid or dad, drunk, in a stained wife beater trying to put out his shorts by the barbecue, a half-empty can of white gas still clutched in his other hand. Whatever it is, whatever could be said of it, it is truly an American experience.
So go on, America, get after it. After all, if you're going to do a thing, do it right.
Photograph Courtesy of: