I think it’s hard to see the significance of Independence Day in 2012. After all, England hasn’t been the bad guy in over 200 years. We’re fighting for different things now than we were then, and one of my close friends married a Brit! So, clearly America today is a different place than fifteen generations past.
But we do celebrate, every year. Fireworks instead of real bombs, and grilled food and beer. Because we’re American. Clothing will be worn that demonstrates a number of different ways the flag can be represented, and food will follow suit.
We spend time with our families, and we don’t think about 1776 very much.
And that’s okay.
What we should do is reflect on our place. We are lucky, all of us, to be here with friends today. If you’re reading this, chances are your life is better here than it would be in many other places.
Hug your family. Hug your friends.
Light things on fire, if that’s your thing. Me? I get the same amount of joy in lighting my own fireworks as I do lighting a freshly minted 50 bill on fire. I’ll be enjoying a municipal firework display. Cities really know how to light up the sky.
Should you reflect on the sacrifices made in a sweltering swamp 236 years ago, remember that your comfortable life now is what they fought for. But be nice to your British friends. They’re here, after all. :)