In the midst of the bbq's, fireworks, and parties its easy to forget the reason we celebrate. Look around you, odds are there are children (and I use the term loosely, ie: 1-30 y.o.) that do not know the reasons behind all the fun. Please help them understand. Seriously... I can't take another person that thinks we celebrate because we beat the Mexicans in the Spanish-American War.
It's enough to make you want to throw a temper tantrum on behalf of the future.
Have fun, be good, and as always, be safe.