Ah, 4th of July memories. Most of my childhood 4th of July celebrations were at The Mall in our Nation's Capital. It's a great place, and it just feels patriotic.

Watching the Beach Boys rock, with Mr. T playing the drums. Eating fried catfish and fried chicken (and sneaking beer - hopefully the statute of limitations has run out!). Throwing a football or frisbee with friends. Enjoying a special camaraderie with total strangers. Celebrating another year in our special country's life.

I love the values that bind us together. For me, celebrating July 4th is celebrating freedom. Happy Birthday, USA!




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