I read an interesting–and to me, depressing–article in the New York Times yesterday about how the American flag itself is now considered by many a partisan symbol. The same is true for the 4th of July, one of this country’s most beloved holidays. Where I live, there is intense disagreement over how to celebrate the founding of our nation, at least on the part of policy makers.

I’ve always loved the 4th although now that my kids are grown I no longer make this cake. (Mine always looked as though the flag had been attacked by random haters throwing fruit.) I am looking forward to watching the scaled down fireworks my town still hosts and toasting my country later tonight.

How about you? If you’re an American (or not), do you love celebrating the 4th of July? How about Thanksgiving, Easter, or Christmas? Labor Day? And if you’re from elsewhere in the world, what are your favorite holidays? Do you have traditions you celebrate with each year on those days?

And, to all, especially all my fellow Americans, Happy Fourth of July. As Barack Obama said on the 4th in 2014:

Those early patriots may have come from different backgrounds and different walks of life, but they were united by a belief in a simple truth: that we are all created equal, that we are all endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these rights are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Now that’s something to celebrate!

Dabney Grinnan
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Impenitent social media enthusiast. Relational trend spotter. Enjoys both carpe diem and the fish of the day.