“America is a tune. It must be sung together.”

Happy 4th of July!!

Before I wax eloquent with respect to the 4th, I need to give you updates about the weather and the cats. Today is going to be hot, in the 80’s hot. When I woke up, the house was cool, but now I can feel the heat, even here in the den. I figure I’ll soon be barricaded inside with the AC blasting. As for the cats, we have some movement. The male (again an assumption because I was told the female is shy) meowed at me the other night and rubbed his neck again the gate. I started patting and scratching his neck. He purred and meowed at me if I stopped. The cat came through the gate to the hall, and I kept patting him. He kept purring and meowing. He even followed me into my room. During the night he jumped on the bed but jumped right off when he saw the dog. The next amazing surprise was when I was going to feed them and looked into the room first. There were two cats!! The new one looked at me for a bit and then ran and hid. Now I know the difference between them. She is wearing white knee socks on her back legs. I am relieved to have seen her. I was getting worried.

This is an entry from last July 4th. I doubt I could do better.

I just love birthdays and today is the grandest of them all.

On July 3rd 1776, John Adams wrote a letter to his wife Abigail. In it, he predicted the celebrations for American Independence Day, including the parties:

“It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other.”

John Adams expected July 2nd to be Independence Day as that was the day the Second Continental Congress voted for independence, but the signing ceremony for the Declaration of Independence didn’t happen until two days later so because July 4th appears on the Declaration, it became the date we celebrate Independence.

I know some people complain that the meaning of the day is lost in the barbecues and the fireworks, but they have forgotten John Adams’ hope. We are honoring the day exactly as he wished. Flags are waving everywhere. Families get together to celebrate and to break bread, albeit hot dog rolls. Fireworks illuminate the sky. Baseball is played on small town fields and in huge stadiums. Drums beat the cadence in parades. We sing rousing songs celebrating America and our freedom. We also sing heartfelt songs about what America means to us. We are many sorts of people, we Americans. We don’t all look the same, practice the same religion, eat the same foods or dress in the same way, but we all celebrate today.

“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4th, 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.” Happy Birthday, America, from all of us Americans.

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10 Comments on ““America is a tune. It must be sung together.””

  1. Bob Cohen Says:

    Hi Kat,

    John Adams probably never thought that a jerk like Trump would occupy the White House and want to put on a military parade on Independence Day. Trump wants a parade just like his dictator friends, Putin, MBS and Kim. I’m sure he will turn this July 4th into a political campaign event on the National Mall among his tanks and armored vehicles. 🙁

    Today should be a day to celebrate the great experiment that Adams, Jefferson, Franklin and Washington launched on that summer day in 1776. We were the first government that gave the power to govern to the people and we should be thankful to have it today. We the People get to decide if we want to continue a more perfect union or throw it away to demigods.

    July 4th is the day we unify and put aside our differences to celebrate our country. We should eat a hot dog, watch a ballgame and enjoy a fireworks display and thank our founding fathers for giving us the right to elect a bozo to the presidency.

    Today will be in the mid 90s with a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I totally agree. He is the first president in a long time to give a speech on the 4th in Washington. He will talk about himself. He always does no matter the occasion.

      He was totally envious of the Bastille Day parade he saw in Paris, and that’s why we’re stuck with all the military and the tanks.

      I love the quote from Adams. He wrote about the 4th the way it has always been celebrated until today.

      I am going to a friend’s house for barbecue. I’ll bring my sparklers and wear my Statue of Liberty fascinator.

      Happy 4th!!

      • Bob Cohen Says:

        Have a great time. And, thanks to you I know what a fascinator is.

      • katry Says:

        I got a chuckle from your comment. You are probably one of the few who know what a fascinator is!!

  2. olof1 Says:

    Great that the cats now walk around 🙂

    Happy 4th of July!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Christer!

      Now I just hope they start coming down stairs and Henry doesn’t chase them.

      Have a great day!

  3. Birgit Says:

    Happy 4th of July, dear Americans!
    Parties and fireworks are a great way to celebrate this holiday.
    Just ignore any military parades 😉

    I’m just packing for a trip to the countryside, a big rural family wedding. Back home and back to KTCC sometime next week.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Birgit,
      It was a wonderful 4th with a barbecue with friends. Even Henry got hot dogs.

      Today was really hot, but come late afternoon, there was a nice breeze. My AC was on all day so my house is perfectly lovely and cool. Sleeping will be pleasant tonight.

      I did not watch the parade nor listen to the speech. It was a day with friends, the perfect July 4th.

      Have a wonderful time!!

  4. William Sandford Says:

    The people in the photo had a lot of bottles at their picnic. They know how to celebrate.
    Lisa and family and one of Olivia’s friends were here to enjoy the pool and a BBQ. After we ate we lit a few fireworks to disturb the neighborhood. Tomorrow we’ll go to Peg’s sister’s (Kathy’s) house for Peg’s birthday, which is Monday. Tuesday we’ll go to a clamshack in Jaffrey for another friend’s birthday–fried clams, fish, french fries, onion rings. Mmmm.

    • katry Says:

      Bill,
      Lots of bottles makes for a wonderful celebration. I’m in favor of toasting the holiday!

      It sounds like a great day with family, fireworks and a BBQ. I heard the bangs of the fireworks but didn’t see them. I’m jealous of your fried clams and onion rings. One of my favorite restaurants is Captain Frosty’s with all those fried foods, and they make the best onion rings.

      You have lots going on! Have a great time. Happy birthday to Peg!!


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