QXatFAT From Israel, joined Feb 2006, 2408 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2945 times:
Quoting zrs70 (Reply 2):
Every year, our family reads the Declaration of Independence on the 4th. I can still hear my grandfather's voice reminding us, "Don't ever take for granted the freedoms you have."
My family also reads the D.o.I. and my boss always shoots out an e-mail reminding us all of what the day means. As a first generation immigrant, my family spends more time thanking friends that have been a part of our lives for the sacrifices their ancestors made so that my family could move here and have true opportunity.
texan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4324 posts, RR: 51
Reply 8, posted (3 years 10 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2716 times:
Happy Independence Day (a day early, but still)! A group of my workmates, friends, associates, and I will head down to the Chicago Bar on Wellington's waterfront where they are having a special on Budweiser and hot dogs. And watching baseball. And playing music. And gawking at muscle cars. For lunch. Should be great!
"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library."
danielmyatt From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2011, 164 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 10 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2653 times:
Despite being a Brit, I'm currently living in the Boston, Ma area and I will be indulging fully in all the festivities to be had in and around town, despite it basically being a celebration of kicking our arses.
This will be my first 4th of July in the states ever, so I'm quite looking forward to it, even though over-patriotism normally gets in my nerves from any country including my own.
Anyway, happy birthday USA, you do have a wonderful country here, irrespective of government, politics, war, religious differences etc.
kpitrrat From United States of America, joined Oct 2011, 200 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (3 years 10 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2504 times:
Hopefully the rain holds off tomorrow! I was not too excited to see the 4th fall on a Wednesday on the calendar, however now that it is here I am sort of happy it breaks up the week into 2 "Mondays" and 2 "Fridays"....
Some not so obscure trivia...Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on July 4, 1826 and although they disliked one another once their political beliefs took them in different directions following the signing of the DOI, they became friends later in life. Rumor has it that Adams last words on his death bed were "Thomas Jefferson still survives," yet, Jefferson had already passed hours earlier at his home in Monticello.
zippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5746 posts, RR: 12
Reply 22, posted (3 years 10 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2322 times:
Happy birthday Uncle Sam! Though we may have our issues I'm still proud to be a US citizen! Anyone remember our cheesy over the top Bi-Centenial? Superfly, if you could go back in time, you should set the way back machine to 1976 July 4 you'd be in red, white and blue polyester heaven! I remember Bi-Centenial toilet paper and cat food. Plus a whole lot more over the top advertising. Kitschy