There really isn't any excuse for citizens to forget the US on her birthday. This is my favorite holiday and I've been a sucker for the USA for 40 years.
I noticed a distinct lack of flag waving and wouldn't dare to presume outloud what that's all about.
But, OT, please let me borrow your thread to spout a little patriotism from the heart. I didn't have access to a computer on the 4th or I'd have taken time to post it on the appropriate day.
I HEAR America singing, the varied carols I hear;
Those of mechanics -- each one singing his, as it should be,
blithe and strong;
The carpenter singing his, as he measures his plank and beam;
The mason singing his, as he makes ready for work,
or leaves off work;
The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat --
the deckhand singing on the steamboat deck;
The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench --
the hatter singing as he stands;
The wood-cutter's song -- the ploughboy's, on his way
in the morning, or at the noon intermission, or at sundown;
The delicious singing of the mother -- or of the young wife
at work -- or of the girl sewing or washing -- Each singing
what belongs to her, and to none else;
The day what belongs to the day -- At night, the party of
young fellows, robust, friendly,
Singing, with open mouths, their strong melodious songs.
Walt Whitman - "Leaves of Grass"
Ahhh, another year marking what I love about my country. Sorry all my friends from the rest of the world, but my dance card remains full and my heart stolen.
Hope you all enjoyed your celebrations and thanks for letting me borrow the thread.
A man is the sum of his actions, of what he has done, of what he can do, Nothing else.
Mahatma Mohandas K. Gandhi