A few thoughts on the 4th of July:
1.) Fireworks are a great combination of man's love of fire, explosions and sparkly things. And if you have ever made it to a Knecht Family 4th of July Street Party you know that they also incorporate man's love of impromptu dance routines and fake fist fighting.
2.) It will someday be discovered that one of the original drafts of the Declaration of Independence listed the unalienable Rights as "Life, Liberty, the Pursuit of Happiness, and Homemade Ice Cream."
3.) One of my favorite 4th of July memories was when we went to the Dodger game and sat out in the pavilion and at the end of the game they let us walk through the bull pen and out onto the field to lay on the grass and watch the fireworks. It was so magical that there may have been unicorns prancing around pots of gold.
4.) When my sisters and I were very young we used to roam around our neighborhood picking up remnants of used fireworks. We thought they were treasures.
5.) I once heard Sarah Vowell on This American Life talk about how she bonded with her dad over shooting off a cannon he had built. She always considered herself a little anti-gun so she was genuinely surprised by how much she loved it. I am more than a little anti-gun but I am not surprised. Because tonight when I caught a few minutes of a show on PBS that aired the festivities at the Capitol and they were playing the 1812 Overture, complete with lots and lots of cannons, I shouted "Weeeeeeeeee!!!!!!" every time one went off.
6.) Speaking of music on the 4th, you all should become organists. Because playing "Battle Hymn of the Republic" on the organ is so much fun. Even when you're a really mediocre organist (Hi!), you just pump up the volume and play it a little fast and you feel like you're at a parade.
7.) More on patriotic music. We can probably all agree that the piccolo is a very obnoxious instrument. Except when it is played during Stars and Stripes Forever. I want to march around and wave a flag whenever I hear them play their part.
8.) Ten Million Imaginary Points to the person (outside of my family) who can correctly identify this movie quote: "Alright America! I love ya'! I'm proud of ya! We gotta go."