Independence Day

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As noted last year at this time: the correct name for the holiday we celebrate on July 4th is INDEPENDENCE DAY.

Yes, it falls on July 4th of each year, but it shouldn’t be referred to as “the fourth of July.”

The 4th of July is a date on the calendar, like August 17th, or April 29th, and so on.

Nobody says, “Hey, what kind of costume are you wearing for the 31st of October?”

Nobody says, “We’re going to Minnesota to visit family for the 25th of December holiday.”

And when’s the last time you heard anybody say, “Yeah, we got us a huge turkey to cook up on the 25th of November!”



  1. Do you know that I had to pop over to my recent post and see if I referred to the holiday as Independence day or the 4th of July..,I did both. Point taken, I’ll be more cognizant from now on! And your thoughts on Cinco de Mayo???

  2. I have to side with Rhonda. (The Cinco de Mayo part) You will notice that the majority of the public refer to this holiday as “The Fourth”, or “The 4th of July”. You can thank TV ads over the years who have to some extent referenced it the same way.

    Sadly, this holiday, like most others, has been so fully over-marketed that some people forget the true meaning of it. Ask any youngster what Independance day means to him, and it’s (probably in this order): Lighting fireworks off as soon as you buy them from the stand, and not on the evening of, Parades, Hamburgers and Hotdogs on the grill, More setting off fireworks, and later on after dark – about 20 minutes of City-sponsored fireworks. The youngster in question probably has no idea what it means to be free. Why, they’ve grown up with this freedom, and have known nothing less.

    Thanks Dave, however, for serving our country, and reminding us what this day is truly for.

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