There are any number of places that you can go on the internet where you can be made to feel bad about your choice to celebrate the 4th of July.
Now, I am all for a responsible celebration, but you won’t find me trying to rain on any parades or defecate on any parties here. I just like knowing that I’m rejoicing for a reason, and our Independence Day, the original Brexit, definitely has reasons upon reasons to celebrate.
This was a bold experiment in human history. We The People, ostensibly not much more than a rabble rousing group of drunken libertarians, decided to lay a beat down on the most advanced military force that the world had known to that time.
And we won.
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That, in and of itself, was a success worth raising a pint over, or decorating a frankfurter in remembrance of. Our edible epithets are so minuscule compared to the event that, even 240 years later, we haven’t toasted the deed itself enough. We honor their legacy by building a nation prosperous enough to stop working for a day to remember their sacrifice.
Now, thanks to Donald Trump, however, the American people are giving our Founding Fathers a little more of the due that they deserve.
Americans are feeling good about the future as they take time to reflect on the anniversary of the nation’s birth, and a record number will hit the road to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday.
AAA predicts that 46.9 million Americans are driving somewhere over the next few days.
“This Independence Day will be one for the record books, as more Americans take to the nation’s roads, skies, rails and waterways than ever before,” Bill Sutherland, senior vice president of AAA Travel and Publishing, said in a press release posted on the company’s website.
“Confident consumers with additional disposable income will look to spend on travel this holiday, building on an already busy summer travel season,” Sutherland said.
“In addition to strong economic variables, the expected increase in travelers this year is helped by Independence Day falling on a Wednesday, giving travelers more flexibility to schedule a trip the weekend before or after the holiday,” the press release said, noting that the official Independence Day holiday period is from Tuesday, July 3, to Sunday, July 8.
And, in addition to the success afforded us in the vacation realm, Coney Island will play host to its annual celebration of what could very possibly be our national food: The hot dog.
Ten-time winner Joey Chestnut will defend his title in the Nathan’s Famous hot dog-eating contest after downing a record 72 last year.
It will be hotter than normal in much of the country. The National Weather Service issued heat advisories for the central plain states eastward to the Mid-Altantic region, with temperatures expected in the 90s and the humidity making it feel like 105 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit (40 to 43 degrees Celsius).
New York will put on what is billed as the country’s biggest fireworks display by its sponsor, retailer Macy’s. More than 3 million spectators and 12 million television viewers are expected to watch the display over the East River as 75,000 shells illuminate the night sky to the music of singer Kelly Clarkson.
God Bless the U.S.A., y’all.