Fourth of July Edition

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Fourth of July Edition
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Wed, 07-03-2013 - 8:23am

We're preparing to host the 4th for the first time since the family that usually hosts our party I had had an emergency.

1). When was the last time you read the Declaration of Independence or listened to it read aloud?

2) Did you have to memorize any of the Declaration in school? Did your kids? (Obviously will not apply to those educated outside the USA)

3). Fireworks at your celebration? Fireworks watching?

4). Does your family watch/participate in a parade  or other civic celebration?

5). Your favorite patriotic song or musical piece?  Will you listen to it in the 4th?

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Wed, 07-03-2013 - 8:40am

bordwithyou wrote:
<p>We're preparing to host the 4th for the first time since the family that usually hosts our party I had had an emergency.</p><p>1). When was the last time you read the Declaration of Independence or listened to it read aloud?</p><p>2) Did you have to memorize any of the Declaration in school? Did your kids? (Obviously will not apply to those educated outside the USA)</p><p>3). Fireworks at your celebration? Fireworks watching?</p><p>4). Does your family watch/participate in a parade  or other civic celebration?</p><p>5). Your favorite patriotic song or musical piece?  Will you listen to it in the 4th?</p>

1.  I do not think ever in its entirety.

2.  I did not, but did have to memorize the preamble to the constitution.  I don't know of my kids did. 

3.  No fireworks at home.  Will not go out to watch them.  DD3 lives in the second floor of an apartment and from her balcony she can see fireworks from our city, two other cities plus the ball park. 

4. no

5. God Bless the USA by Lee Greenwood. No.

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Wed, 07-03-2013 - 9:02am

1). When was the last time you read the Declaration of Independence or listened to it read aloud? The whole thing?  Probably in high school.  I've read and reread bits and pieces in the last year or so.

2) Did you have to memorize any of the Declaration in school? Did your kids? (Obviously will not apply to those educated outside the USA)  Nope, like EmptyNester we had to memorize the Preamble of the Constitution in 8th grade.  My kids are too little-- it will be interested to see what has changed since I was in school.

3). Fireworks at your celebration? Fireworks watching?  DH may buy some little firecrackers, although I hope not.  We may find somewhere to go see the fireworks.

4). Does your family watch/participate in a parade  or other civic celebration? No.

5). Your favorite patriotic song or musical piece?  Will you listen to it in the 4th? I like America the Beautiful, but probably won't listen to it tomorrow.

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Wed, 07-03-2013 - 9:06am

1). When was the last time you read the Declaration of Independence or listened to it read aloud? -- for the whole thing, it has been years.  But I get parts of it every time I watch National Treasure! lol

2) Did you have to memorize any of the Declaration in school? Did your kids? (Obviously will not apply to those educated outside the USA) -- I don't remember having to learn the whole thing, but we did have to learn the introducation and the preamble.

3). Fireworks at your celebration? Fireworks watching? -- Our City fireworks are at a lake/park just about a mile from our house. And there is a paved, lit path from our neighborhood to the lake/park, so we'll probably walk to the edge and watch.  No traffic! Woot!  Last year was the first year the path had been lit and I think about 1/2 the neighborhood was there, lol.

4). Does your family watch/participate in a parade  or other civic celebration? -- Not usually.  My parents traditionally went to Colorado for a pig roast (this year will be like the 40th annaul one).  And I went with them as a kid. But I haven't been since The Boy was 2.  My brothers have gone with them almost every year too.  This year my mom is going alone.  But I digress. 

5). Your favorite patriotic song or musical piece?  Will you listen to it in the 4th? -- Love love love Aaron Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man.     

 

One of my favorite Fourth of July memories is from 1994  - Xh and I were temporarily living in Crystal City, VA. And we took the Metro down to the National Mall on the fourth. And watched the National Symphony Orchestra play (including the National Anthem) on the steps of the Capitol. Once in a lifetime experience.

"I don’t mind a banshee, that’s fine. 2 banshees? I HATE you. I actually wish bad things upon you." -- Day[9] Daily #459 P1

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Wed, 07-03-2013 - 9:09am

emptynester2009 wrote:
5. God Bless the USA by Lee Greenwood. No. <br /></span></p><p><span style="font-family:comic sans ms,sans-serif; font-size:medium"></span></p>

That song will make me want to twist my nipples off with a fork.  It started as a fine song. But for a period of about three years, at every pageant or talent show around, someone would sing that song, in full Uncle Sam regalia, with a slide show of fireworks in the background.   All because the first girl that did that (and it was unique at that time) won her pageant. And it created years of copycats.  And I came to hate that song.

"I don’t mind a banshee, that’s fine. 2 banshees? I HATE you. I actually wish bad things upon you." -- Day[9] Daily #459 P1

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Wed, 07-03-2013 - 9:11am

I should add that The Boyfriend is having a party that The Girl will go to (most of her friends will be there - a chance for her to say goodbye before she leaves). And there will be massive fireworks. He lives out of the city limits so it will be legal for them.

"I don’t mind a banshee, that’s fine. 2 banshees? I HATE you. I actually wish bad things upon you." -- Day[9] Daily #459 P1

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Wed, 07-03-2013 - 9:41am

bordwithyou wrote:
<p>We're preparing to host the 4th for the first time since the family that usually hosts our party I had had an emergency.</p><p>1). When was the last time you read the Declaration of Independence or listened to it read aloud?</p><p>2) Did you have to memorize any of the Declaration in school? Did your kids? (Obviously will not apply to those educated outside the USA)</p><p>3). Fireworks at your celebration? Fireworks watching?</p><p>4). Does your family watch/participate in a parade  or other civic celebration?</p><p>5). Your favorite patriotic song or musical piece?  Will you listen to it in the 4th?</p>

1. Does watching the movie 1776 count?  Otherwise, I couldn't say.

2. No. but it was a case of ill-timing.  In the school I attended in Joliet, the federal civics classes were held in Junior High and the Illinois civics classes in high school.  then we moved to Germany when I entered Junior High, and there were only federal civics classes, so they held them in high school (10th grade). We left Germany the summer after my 9th grade year.  In Moline, again, federal system in Junior High, and Illinois specific civics class in high school.

I don't know if John had to memorize any part of the Declaration.

I'm making penance because every two years we republish the Senate Pocket Constitution and it's my office that has to print and check that it matches, line break by line break, page break by page break, last year's Pocket Constitution.

3. Not if it doesn't stop raining.

4. The ex's extended family attends a local community parade--ex's youngest brother hosts the 4th party every year and his neighbor holds a community parade where everyone in the community loads up the trailers to their lawn tractors and everyone decks out in red white and blue and waves flags at each other.  It's more charming than that sounds, actually. On my street, the kids just light up with whatever fireworks they've managed to stockpile since the Ravens won the Superbowl (the last time the street set off fireworks :D)

5. The entire score to the musical 1776.  I watch it every year.  I seriously heart that movie.

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Wed, 07-03-2013 - 9:41am

When was the last time you read the Declaration of Independence or listened to it read aloud? I don't think i've read it in its entirety in years. 

2) Did you have to memorize any of the Declaration in school? Did your kids? (Obviously will not apply to those educated outside the USA) no we didn't have to memorize that but we did have to memorize the preamble to the constitution - which you know.. thank God for Schoolhouse Rock...

3). Fireworks at your celebration? Fireworks watching?  Our city does fireworks on the 3rd so my wife and I will probalby go find a spot to watch them tonight

4). Does your family watch/participate in a parade  or other civic celebration? we don't have a parade here in my city so  no I guess not!  but my sister and brother in law are in the drum and bagpipe corp for the local firefighters and they are parade crazy this weekend.. one to another!

5). Your favorite patriotic song or musical piece?  Will you listen to it in the 4th? Mine is a musical -- "1776" - every fourth of July I watch the entire thing... it's a great piece of musical theater  that actually had a decent movie mad out of it using nearly the entire original broadway cast -- William Daniels as John adams is superb.



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Wed, 07-03-2013 - 9:42am

Grapthars-- do you cry during 'Is anybody there?"  just like I do?

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Wed, 07-03-2013 - 9:42am

Dear God I want to turn to drink during "God Bless the USA" ...

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Wed, 07-03-2013 - 9:46am

BeaArthurisMyReligion wrote:
<p>Grapthars-- do you cry during 'Is anybody there?"  just like I do?</p>

Always.  How could you not?

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