July 04, 2003


I believe I have mentioned before (though now that I think of it, it was probably at the old address) that for the past several years I have been employed by companies that believe "open 7 days a week, 365 days a year" is something to brag about--or at least adhere to.
Anyway, this means that odds are, if it's a national holiday, I'm working hard to provide you with your entertainment needs.
It also means that it has been a few years since I celebrated the 4th by attending parades, picnics or fireworks (I really miss the latter--I'm a big fan of fireworks, at least the kind detonated by professionals from atop the city's highest building, not the kind that idiots injure themselves using).

So I have my own way to celebrate our country's Independence: every year, on the 4th, I watch 1776.

Do not say anything bad about this movie to me! I know there are historical inaccuracies, dramatic license, whatever. I don't care. This movie reminds me, every year, of why we celebrate the 4th of July. It personalizes the Founding Fathers and makes history animate.

In 1776, John Adams is "obnoxious and disliked." Ben Franklin is a randy old rascal. Thomas Jefferson is a homesick swain. John Hancock is a long-suffering optimist. George Washington is "the gloomiest man" in North America. Edward Rutledge, Judge Wilson, Reverend Witherspoon, Samuel Chase...they are all representative of the people, real people, who sacrificed so much to create a new Nation.

These men made good decisions and bad ones, wrangled over pronouns and adverbs, joked and argued with each other, and despite all their differences, somehow managed to come to the life-threatening decision to commit treason against the Crown and declare the colonies Independent of Great Britain.

This movie commemorates what was just one more step in a long series of events that led from Bunker Hill to the Constitution. But this was the pivotal step. This event, the signing of the Declaration Of Independence, was the point of no return.

I cry every time I watch this movie because it makes me proud to be an American. We may fight among ourselves, like siblings squabbling over a toy, but ultimately, we are united, thanks to these great men. Happy Independence Day, America!

Posted by Susie at July 4, 2003 12:12 AM

I'm a big fan of little fireworks which people can buy and set off themselves. These are now banned by the miserable pus-monkeys that call themselves my state government. Grrr!

Anyway, have a great day!

Posted by: Pixy Misa at July 4, 2003 08:05 AM

It does remind us that they were human. We only have the words that they wrote and I think it's easy to forget that they had hopes, fears and faults just like the rest of us. What they did was extraordinary. I often wonder if they had any idea of what they were giving birth to during those contentious days.

Posted by: Pete at July 4, 2003 08:08 AM