Lots of people understand that independance day was the day that independance was born in the great ol' USofA. It has more recently been celebrated with fireworks, barbecues, camping, ect. (Good dangerous fun for the whole family to play with explosives and white hot magnesium.) All on the same page? Good.
The thing that has always gotten me about the fireworks (aside from the end result bearing striking resemblance to battle wounds) is that they are designed to be a showy recreation of battle. Now, i know this is going to sound cold and a bit messed up, but when you spend 8 hours a day staring at water you tend to think a bit more bluntly than most. This all leads me up to one question.
Does it strike any one else as a little messed up? The celebration of the beginning of a full out war is marked with a simulation of battle. I can follow the barbecues, and family togetherness (it is what was fought for). However, a flash back for a shell shocked veteran doesnt exactly strike me as an appropriate celebration of what they did to protect our independance.
Just food for thought.