How to celebrate the 4th of July
posted at 9:40 am on July 2, 2011 by Pundette
Or how not to. The Huffington Post cautions that celebrations of our country’s birthday “can be catastrophic to the environment”:
— the holiday tends to bring with it tons of trash, hazardous fireworks, and polluting cars. While some traditions should be embraced, others may need to be tweaked so that future generations can enjoy both this holiday and this earth, as well. Here are a few tips to make your Independence Day more pleasant for you and the world in which you live.
Follow these HuffPo tips for a less planet-killing 4th:
– Carpool. (Or have yourself a few kids. Then you’ll be carpooling every time you get in the car.)
– Whatever you do, don’t eat meat! “Sure, hot dogs and hamburgers might be an American tradition, but sometimes traditions need to change a bit, especially when the safety of our world is a stake.” Good one!
– “Rethink” grilling. Coal is bad, but so is propane. (See previous tip and eat lettuce instead.)
– Compost your 4th of July garbage: “Don’t have a compost? What better day to start one than on your holiday!” Enjoy!
It’s not strictly green — it does contain some world-safety-threatening animal products (cream, eggs, butter) — but we’ll make our annual flag cake as usual. (This version involves actual baking. Ours is whipped cream and fruit on top of sliced-up pound cake. Lazy but good.)
You’re probably not surprised that a Harvard Study Shows Republicans Enjoy 4th of July More Than Dems. Parades, like county fairs, are unsophisticated, free of edge or irony.
But in Wisconsin, they aren’t free of politics: Firefighters union puts politics over honoring 9/11 firefighters. The Troglopundit reports:
In Racine, Wisconsin (my original home town), the local firefighters’ union is turning its back on a July 4th float honoring 9/11 firefighters because the firefighter behind the float doesn’t support the union’s politics. [. . .]
This is an Independence Day parade float, honoring firefighters (and police) who died on 9/11. But, sorry Lt. Gorniak: you don’t support the union’s politics? We won’t support your float.
You may think I’m going to berate the union for that. Nope. I’m all for them showing Wisconsin exactly what they stand for, and this is a perfect example.
And what they stand for in this case is themselves. That’s it. It appears that union membership can be hazardous to your mind. Someone needs to find a way to deprogram these guys.
Don’t get all carried away with that new compost pile and forget to read Mark Steyn’s weekend column: Dependency and Demagoguery: A not so Glorious Fourth:
Oh, c’mon, do you want to compromise your kids’ safety in order to give grope breaks to dying nonagenarians? A spokesgroper for the Transport Stupidity Administration explained that security procedures have to be “the same for everyone” – because it would be totally unreasonable to expect timeserving government bureaucrats to exercise individual human judgment. Oddly enough, it’s not “the same for everyone” if you’re Olajide Oluwaseun Noibi from Nigeria, who on June 24 got on a flight at JFK with a college ID and an expired boarding pass in somebody else’s name. Why, that slippery devil! If only he’d been three-quarters of a century older, in a wheelchair and dying of leukemia, we’d have got him! He was arrested upon landing at LAX, and we’re now going to spend millions of dollars prosecuting him. Why? We should thank him for his invaluable expose of America’s revolting security theater, and make him head of the TSA.
Read the whole thing.
What a long way we’ve come since that first 4th of July. If you’re within striking distance of Mount Vernon, it might be the perfect place to be on our country’s birthday:
Historic Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington, salutes our first commander-in-chief with a dazzling display of made-for-daytime fireworks during its annual Independence Day event! Visitors will be treated to spectacular smoke fireworks in patriotic colors fired over the Potomac River. The event also includes an inspirational naturalization ceremony for 100 new citizens, military reenactments, a special wreathlaying ceremony, and a visit from the “first” first couple, “General and Mrs. Washington.”
New this year – Mount Vernon will have 500 bottles of the George Washington Rye Whiskey available for sale! Head to The Shops located in the Mount Vernon Inn Complex or the Distillery & Gristmill to purchase one of the 500 bottles of whiskey distilled on site. Each 375 ml bottle retails for $95. Whiskey sales begin at each location at 10 a.m. on July 4 and continue while supplies last. (To purchase, you must be 21 years or older and have a valid photo ID).
9:30 a.m: General Washington’s Inspection of the Troops:
Reading of the Declaration of Independence and a demonstration by the First Virginia Regiment on the Bowling Green.
10:00 a.m: 50th-Annual Independence Day Wreathlaying: A ceremonial wreathlaying at Washington’s Tomb by the George Washington Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution.
11:00 a.m: United States Citizenship & Immigration Services Naturalization Ceremony: A special Independence Day naturalization ceremony for America’s 100 newest citizens in front of George Washington’s home.
12:00 p.m: “Red, White, and Blue” Concert: Patriotic performance by the National Concert Band of America.
12:45 p.m: Pyrotechnic Salute to America: Unique daytime fireworks display over the Potomac River!
1:00 p.m: “Happy Birthday, America!” Cake: Birthday cake (while supplies last) on the Bowling Green.
1:30 p.m: Revolutionary War Military Music: Demonstration by the First Virginia Regiment on the Bowling Green.
2:30 p.m: Revolutionary War Military Drill: Demonstration by the First Virginia Regiment on the Bowling Green.
More on Washington’s whiskey here. Wishing you a fun, non-catastrophic weekend.
Cross-posted at P&P.