It's traditional to celebrate the 4th of July by being on vacation, by being near water if possible (the lake, the ocean). You've got to have a cook out, of course -- hot dogs, hamburgers. Sparklers, or even firecrackers, if you can get them. They are illegal in many states but uncles seem to have a knack for bringing some to the party. Families get together -- many plan big reunions -- or else friends and neighbors do. It used to be that everyone had the day off, but now more and more stores are open (having BIG JULY 4th SALES!) and more people are condemned to work.
I don't know that any of these pictures were taken on July 4th -- probably not, in fact.
But they are family, we are picnicking and vacationing, and so they will do. We're headed out for a cook out ourselves this afternoon, happily, and I need to get to the grocery store before it gets too crowded. If you have today off, enjoy it. If not (and maybe it's just another Friday where you are?) then think about the weekend ahead and what you'll do for fun. The United States have certainly changed the course of world history by their existence -- sometimes for good and sometimes not. It's hard to be an American these days on the world stage, but for today we'll try to focus on our more shining hours, and on better days ahead.