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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Registered: 03-27-2013
Wed, 07-03-2013 - 10:25am

Awww, To hear children sing that would be touching, spring.  I get the chills watching the ASL version too. 

It was really cute Laughing

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Wed, 07-03-2013 - 10:25am

Awww, To hear children sing that would be heartwarming, spring.  I get the chills watching the ASL version too. 

 


 


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Wed, 07-03-2013 - 10:35am

You know when else I cry?

"why John! You can dance!"

"they still teach a few things in Boston!"

I have no idea why but I get teary every time.   When I was ohhh 30-31?  I was in NYC for a work trip and had an afternoon free- I bought a single ticket to the Roundabout production of "1776 " (yes with Brent Spiner!) and cried like a goon through the whole thing- it was a GREAT production

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Wed, 07-03-2013 - 10:38am

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

Last year--DS was studying it in school.

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)

Yes. And yes.

3). Fireworks at your celebration? Fireworks watching?

Probably, it is going to be a low key 4th due to impending travel.

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

Sometimes

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

America the Beautiful by Ray Charles. Probably not.

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Wed, 07-03-2013 - 10:46am

BeaArthurisMyReligion wrote:
<p>You know when else I cry?</p><p>"why John! You can dance!"</p><p>"they still teach a few things in Boston!"</p><p>I have no idea why but I get teary every time.   When I was ohhh 30-31?  I was in NYC for a work trip and had an afternoon free- I bought a single ticket to the Roundabout production of "1776 " (yes with Brent Spiner!) and cried like a goon through the whole thing- it was a GREAT production</p>

Oh, I'm very jealous :)  Although I have to admit, William Daniels has pretty much ruined me for any other actor playing John Adams.  A good friend of mine met her dh while they were playing John and Abigail in a local theater production of 1776 and it was the theme at their wedding :)

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Wed, 07-03-2013 - 11:02am

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

In school, probably.

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 did.  Not sure if the kid did or not.  I have blocked all memories of his K-12 years.  :)

3). Fireworks at your celebration? Fireworks watching?

We might try to go to a fireworks exhibition somewhere.  Most of them are too crowded for my taste.

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

No.  There is no parade here.  There are a bunch of festival type thingies but I'm way too tired this week to go to one.  

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

It's weird to me that this ever came to be a 4th of July thing, but a local symphony always performs the 1812 Overture at one of the July 4th festivals.  I try to go to that one, if I'm going, because I'm a bit of a Tchaikovsky whore.  

(Oops...can we say whore here?)


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Registered: 07-08-2001
Wed, 07-03-2013 - 11:15am

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

Oh wow, it's been a long time.

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)

Yes, I did, and no, my kids are too young still. Maybe this year for DS.

3). Fireworks at your celebration? Fireworks watching?

Yes, we are going to a local bayfront celebration. I'm really looking forward to it. They have a band, food & beverages, kids games, etc

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

Not this year.

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

I'm partial to "America The Beautiful."

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Wed, 07-03-2013 - 4:05pm
1. We usually listen to the reading of the Declaration on NPR on the 4th 2. I don't recall learning it by heart at any point. Our kids didn't have to memorize it but one year when my older son was 9, the kids were getting all restless between the meal and when it got dark enough for fireworks, and out of desperation we challenged the kids to our on a dramatic reading of the Declaration and offered a prize to the kid who could recite the most of it. That started a tradition that lasted until two years ago. Nowadays the kids will read it but will put in fake grievances on the list just to see if anyone is paying attention. 3. We always had fireworks up until last year, when there were record high temperatures and drought and the fire marshal banned fireworks. This year, we are hosting and we are inside city limits, so no fireworks. 4. We went to the parade as long as the boys were in scouts. 5. Ever since 9/12, it's been "God Bless America." And we also listen to the 1812 Overture.

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