Got the flag up first thing this morning and now we're contemplating what we should throw on the grill this evening. The Fourth of July is on! Silverado Country Club, about 2 miles from here, always warms things up the night before with a decent load of fireworks. I think there's a parade in town but I've never been to it. I grew up in Annandale, New Jersey, a small town with a few more than 500 people living in it back then. There was a parade in Lebanon, another slightly larger town about three miles away, that we went to as a family each year. It was great fun, and after the parade the fun continued at a large park a couple of blocks away. The highlights, so far as I was concerned, were the hot dogs and the egg toss. We have home Super 8 movies of the parade and the egg toss, and even though clothing and automobile styles have changed, little has changed about how people around the country celebrate the Fourth. You can lament the day's commercialism, the lack of reflection on the "true meaning" of the date, and the tendency of our fellow citizens to use the holiday as an excuse to, once again, eat and drink too much. Or you can just relax and enjoy the day. As you can see from the photo below, I currently prefer the latter to the former.