so, in place of fireworks on the national mall and an enormous block party, i'll be content to put away some Old Dominion and relax.
but it would be remiss of me not to restart a small tradition i began a few years ago when i worked at (the old, good, pre-Ebbers) MCI. i'd send out an email with the full text of the Declaration of Independence, to remind people of what the 4th means. it's common to think of only the broad-brush phrases, the "self-evident truths", when in fact the text is bristling with specific indictments against the crown. i think it's a good annual reminder to see what made the Founding Fathers so angry that they openly rebelled. see the full Declaration here. read it and see if the catalog of grievances doesn't remind you of certain gross injustices being handed down from on high today. it is in every way a magnificent document.
enjoy your holiday, and keep in mind the folks overseas (like Team Med-Fah) who are knee-deep in the fight.