Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!

I’ve written before about my discomfort when people refer to “the holiday,” meaning whatever holiday is coming up or happening. But as soon as I turned on the radio this morning, July 4, I started hearing about “the holiday,” “the Fourth of July holiday weekend,” or just “happy Fourth of July.”

Well, I can wish my British cousins a happy Fourth of July with a clear conscience. As I noted in this post four years ago, the British (and the rest of the world) do have July 4 — they just don’t celebrate it.

But especially this year, when so many troubling things are going on, let’s talk about it as Independence Day. We can still celebrate our independence, and there’s something particularly precious in it this time.

So happy Independence Day, and enjoy calling it by its name.

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  • Not too happy, and I don't know if you knew at the time what happened in Highland Park about 15 minutes before the time stamp on this post. It's inconceivable that a rooftop sweep would have been necessary before a parade, someone who got off about 40 rounds is still on the loose, and the northern suburbs are shut down. Fortunately, I saw some fireworks last night, because there won't be any tonight.

  • In reply to jack:

    I'm sorry, Jack. I wrote this before I knew what had happened to scar the day. Peace to you.

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