Today is America’s birthday, but coronavirus might cause a few of its birthday parties to look a little different this year.

Since the 2020 celebrations might be a little more muted than normal, I decided to take a trip to the archives for a story about a Fourth of July past.

There’s a lot I’d change about how this story is written if I wrote it today, but I think it’s still a worth a holiday share.

It highlights some of my family’s normal traditions, and it offered a chance for reflections on Independence Day.

First published July 7, 2009 — and moved to WordPress in 2011 from its original home — here’s a story about fireworks and fire ants.

Happy Fourth of July, and God bless America.


This post is a response to Sue’s prompt, which is, “reflections.”

During today’s Fourth of July festivities, I am stuck at home with the police scanner because everyone else is out of town.
I can’t venture outside of the scanner’s range, but I’ve had a lot of time to think.
I’ve spent most of the day watching “America: The Story of Us” on the History Channel so I thought about some of the things being an American actually means to me. (more…)

We just got back from our annual trip to watch the Fort Rucker Independence Day fireworks show. We watch it in my grandparents’ backyard, on a hill overlooking the installation.
It provides a pretty good view, but there’s always another problem I have to contend with.
I told this story back in the early days of this blog. For those of you who weren’t around then, here’s a tale of fireworks and fire ants. (more…)