Independence Day

July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence from British rule. Two days later, The Declaration of Independence was signed. It is on this date every year that America celebrates life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. 

One of my favorite authors of humor, Erma Bombeck, had this to say:

You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism. 

God bless America!

Lyrics by Irving Berlin (click link to read)


21 thoughts on “Independence Day

    1. I hadn’t really considered the difference in parades before, though I have seen short clips on newscasts. They are quite different, aren’t they, Carl?


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  2. Happy 4th to you and your family Patti! We will be eating my homemade potato salad today, it just isn’t the 4th of July without it… 🙂 Erma, what a Gal! I miss her but she left lots of good words for us!


  3. Hooray to Erma Bombeck’s wisdom. I remember anticipating Paris’s Bastille Day parade…omg…tanks, military lines and formations, red, white and blue jet streams above us. Was I surprised there was no music or band in the parade on the Champs Elysee!


  4. I am a huge fan of Erma Bombeck! Today I am making a jicama salad with lime juice (instead of potato salad) – so it won’t spoil in the heat. Have a great 4th of July!


    1. Yay, another Erma fan! I saw a recipe in one of the South Beach Diet books using jicama to replace potatoes. Haven’t tried it yet, but that’s a great idea for a hot day.


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