Independence Day

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Variously known as the Fourth of July and Independence Day, July 4th has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83). In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with typical festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.

I’m always curious what others are doing to celebrate the 4th. of July.  I worked my butt off yesterday to clean, shop and cook for a big party so we’re in the “casual family gathering and barbeque” category.  If I have time this morning and I’m as organized as I think I am we may wander down to the 6th. Street Parade but we’ll see.  The city will shoot off fireworks this year again, we’ve been dark lately because of budget cuts, and we’ll watch them from our balcony.  We have about 35 or 40 people coming and we’ll swim, play horse shoes, listen to music (which inevitably leads to dancing) and drink at least one keg of our son’s latest brew.

I enjoy this holiday, my grandfather (7 times removed) was a Captain in the Revolutionary Army who also had numerous slaves and apparently two wives on opposite sides of the river with 15 to 17 kids between them (reports vary).  I’m a sucker for a flag and a patriotic holiday.

Hope you all enjoy your day and the long weekend.

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  1. Casual friends gathering here (for some reason not many of us have family in the SLC area). I’m bringing Gambas al ajillo (shrimp with garlic, which have been marinating for almost 12 hours now–the twist is that I’m doing them with basil rather than parsley since I’ve got basil up the wazoo right now), mozarella caprese with heirloom tomatoes from the veggie stand down the street and my own basil, and a salad dressed Spanish style with simply oranges, red onion, and really, really top drawer EVOO.

    Couldn’t tell you about fireworks, other than they seem to be more scarce (thankfully) this year. Every year we get about a dozen fires started by people letting off their own fireworks (Utah gets a double whammy, since 7/24 is a state holiday celebrating the Mormon pioneers coming in to the Valley) and we haven’t had any yet. I’m keeping my fingers crossed through this long weekend.

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  2. I am waiting at the airport. We are flying out to see our son in Wisconsin. We’ll go see some fireworks out there. We haven’t gone out to see fireworks since he was in middle school because it’s such a hassle with parking and crowds.

    Saturday we are going over to see Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright’s estate. We saw Taliesin West in Arizona a couple of years and have been to Fallingwater. We want to get to Chicago to see his houses in that area.

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  3. The shrimp sound yummy. I made two big pasta salads (one vegetarian) yesterday and we’re doing the corn. I also have two cakes in the oven as we speak. I have no idea what everyone else is bringing but I do know that we’ll have three bbq’s going.

    The only fireworks allowed in at least Southern CA are shows the local communities are able to put together. We haven’t had street fireworks since our kids were little but I know people always manage to get a hold of some. We’re a bit of a tinder box out here also but at least it’s slightly cooler than last weekend.

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  4. Extending the downspouts. Digging a trench. And then fire up the grill. And beer.

    Have fun everyone.

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  5. (which inevitably leads to dancing)

    A Baylor couple, good SBC kids, are in premarital counseling with their pastor. The young man asks if they can have sex for the first time the night before the wedding. The pastor answers carefully “I think not – that inevitably leads to dancing”.

    Rosanne, Jennifer, and the twins are in Larchmont, NY, visiting Rosanne’s sister. I did yardwork this morning, and am going across the street with 6 other neighbors to a BBQ and pool party like Lms’s, but smaller.

    When we hold the party we do the READING. I don’t know if the neighbors will.

    YJ, take the train to Oak Park and walk the FLW neighborhoods.
    One home after another. Don’t miss Unity Temple, although it is my least favorite building on the walk. The interior is more interesting than the exterior, I think.

    I like the old Taliesin better than Taliesin west.

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  6. Here is what Adam Kokesh did on his Independence Day:

    Libertarian hero or publicity seeking bozo?

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  7. The latter. However it will be interesting to see of they charge him after giving David Gregory a pass.

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