Hereabouts, the Fourth is an excuse for easy patriotism, barbecue, and illegal fireworks.
In Canada, it's an opportunity to be American for one day. Click here to see what I'm talking about.
And in my house, it's an excuse to be a lazy blogger. Happy Fourth, everybody!
Above: Our porch flag. It's flown over our nation's capital. They have people whose job it is to hoist the flag on the flagpole, run it down, and then hoist up the next one, so that congressmen can give them away. Yet, strangely enough, knowing all this, we still treasure it.