The Tiger's Eye: Independence Day

04 July 2007

Independence Day

"...I am apt to believe it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore."

John Addams in a letter to his wife; Abigale on the celebration of our nation's independence.

My God!
How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!

-Thomas Jefferson

a bit of explaination. For the past 5 years our little cul-de-sac of fun otherwise known as White Rock Court has been the bullseye of party central when it comes to local 4th of July parties. Each year the party has gotten a bit bigger and more elaborate with progressively more impressive and prodigous amounts of meat and other forms of food all topped off with my neighbor's fireworks. Last year he produced about $350 worth of the good stuff. This year he topped it with a display of multiple launches and choreographed colors that was pretty impressive for a little ole street of 6 houses.
5 years ago it was about 25 people with two Weber Grilles, this year we had 67 people with 5 count'em 5 grilles. Riblets, country style ribs and chicken, hotdogs and burgers with folks all over the place.