There's that old joke: What country has the 4th of July?
Answer: They all do.
But, you never see Happy Independence Day anymore.
It's always Happy 4th of July.
I am bringing Independence Day back.
Calling days of significance by nothing more than a date is a pet peeve of mine.
This week's Ten Things Tuesday is what Independence Day is all about.
1. Declaration of Independence
It was signed by the 2nd Continental Congress July 4, 1776. That's why we celebrate that date.
The link above goes to the original document.
Lots of cities set them off. Some states they are illegal to shoot off, but people do it anyway. In Iowa, most fireworks are illegal. Sparklers are fine and lots of people give them to little kids to play with. I really don't see how that is safe. But, if you have $10,000 to get a permit, it can be legal.
3. The movie
It stars Will Smith and everyone's favorite actor in glasses. Yes, I am talking about Jeff Goldbloom. They show it every year at this time. Sometimes over and over and on several channels.
4. Knee high by the 4th of July
It's a saying, in case you have never heard it. It's about corn and it is good to have your corn plants knee high by now. It means a good year.
It's the day off with pay. If you are lucky.
It's the paid 1 to 2-1/2 times for working that day. If you're lucky.
6. The day you hope nothing breaks down.
Cause no one will come to fix it. No one will answer the phone.
No A/C? Suck it up, buttercup!
7. The flag
It's a day when the not so patriotic become very patriotic. Break out the flag napkins and flag tiki torches.
Make a flag cake and eat a red, white, and blue cupcake.
Lots of people camp over the holiday. The campgrounds are usually packed.
Oh how I love to grill. Any excuse is a good excuse to grill. I will grill anything. Bread dough, zucchini, beer can chicken. It's all good!
They love this time of year. Catch some drunk drivers, maybe confiscate some boom booms or give fines to those who shoot them off.
Have a great Tuesday!