You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.
I hope all of you will have a glorious day outdoors on Monday, with family and friends, delicious food, cool drinks and, where legal, brilliant fireworks displays. I am sending prayers to those of you in drought conditions for much-needed rain and cooler temperatures, as fireworks may have to be cancelled. In New York City, they are against the law and the cops have zero tolerance. We do enjoy a spectacular display put on by Macy's department store. It is the largest professional display in America. The best views are from a boat on the Hudson River, visiting a friend who lives in Manhattan with views of the Hudson, or from Weehawken, New Jersey.
No celebration of Independence Day would be complete without a flag. I know here in the States we love our flag, long may She wave, but I wondered if we were aware of flag protocol. I did some research on the Internet and found some surprising things. They would be easy to overlook in our haste to make this Fourth of July our best one yet. Click here and here if you would like a little refresher. I never realized how much I didn't know about this. The flag should never be used as a table cover, or any cover, for that matter.
Since I can't shoot any fireworks or even wave a couple of sparklers and take photos, I leave you with a catchy video that bears the name, at least.
Let your colors burst!
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