I am from a small central Illinois town and remember parades, ice cream socials, street dances and fireworks, and I have always loved it. I read the Declaration of Independence every 4th of July. This year, I feel very sad about what has happened in our country since Trump is president, and destroying everything good about our country. I just stayed home, and my daughter and son in law came for dinner. We didn't talk about it. A very dark time in America.
I thought it was funny that the majority of songs they played at our town's fireworks celebration were actually protest songs or critical of the US in some way ("Pink Houses", "Born in the USA" , etc.). I mean, just because it has "America" in the lyrics doesn't make it a patriotic song, you dumb asses. Just shows once more the lack of intellectual awareness amongst the " 'Mur-ika" contingency...
I just rolled up the flag. It was waving in the breeze all day. In my little hamlet, I am the only one putting out a flag on Independence Day. I felt like drawing a skull and crossbone on it, but could not find the black marker. No taxation without repreentation, dudes!
It tends to be a day of introspection for me. I wonder at the people looking at 'the pretty lights' and listening to the explosions, and I wonder just how many realise that each one going off represents people dieing. Sorry. I get a bit moody during any holiday where people eat too much, drink too much, and make a lot of noise. (I guess that's all of them.)
I pray for all those lighting fireworks be immediately rapchurred. And thereby live, like, forever. Doing mostly nothing. I know all who get there, deserve that.
And of course, the planet would be much better with those few hundred millions being gone within seconds.
Yes and no, I think. I'm originally from Massachusetts, so the 4th of July has a certain amount of home state feeling to it, seeing as that's where the whole thing started.
I also sort of like the 4th of July because I'm the reigning King of the Introverts, and most retail operations are still open. So if I need to run a few shopping errands like I did today, the stores are all open, and I don't have to rub elbows with many of my fellow humans.