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The day after the 3rd of July

Today is Independence Day in the USA, our big summer holiday. I find it interesting we celebrate the 4th of July, the day we announced our intention to become independent from Britain, not the day we succeeded in enforcing that decision. I'm not sure if that says we're optimists or just cocky.

Meanwhile, unless you work in retail or emergency services, the 4th of July is a day off. When it falls on a Friday through Monday, we get a three day weekend, but when it's a Wednesday, like this year, it somehow seems less of a holiday. Work two days, take a day off, work two more days, then it's the weekend. I'll take what I can get, but it's not ideal.

I wonder what Independence Day would have been like if we had opted to celebrate October 19, the day the British army surrendered at Yorktown. We could still have had fireworks but somehow I can't see having backyard cookouts in October—or watermelon. And Memorial Day in May to Labor Day in September would have been a long time to go without a day off.

So, Happy 4th everyone!

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