- Blowing things up in a nonviolent way - I like the idea of having a good time demonstrating man's power over nature in a mostly nondestructive and nonaggressive way. I also like the activity of snubbing your nose at states who don't allow certain fireworks (for your own protection of course) by crossing state lines for your purchase.
- Celebrating actual independence - Casting off the yoke of an oppressive regime is always something I can get behind, and some of my ancestors in the American colonies risked their lives to do just that. It doesn't logically follow however that I should stand in reverence to the oppressive regime that has since then taken its place.
- Getting together with loved ones to eat too much and celebrate our "American" culture - It is our personal relationships that fulfill and sustain us, not the promises of the government. Further, it our customs - our food, our languages, dialects and pastimes - that bind us together in peace, not the imaginary lines on the map. It is our societal customs and the good nature of our neighbors and our selves that we rely on to keep us safe and free. To believe that government alone can provide this is a fantasy. To paraphrase the insidious cliche, freedom is indeed not free, but never fall under the misconception that it can be preserved or defended by proxy.
I wish everyone a wonderful day of thoughtful celebration!