Happy 4th of July! [America]

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Independence Day is a pretty awesome holiday in my opinion. America isn’t perfect, but compared to a lot of places, it is pretty nice. And there is so much to love about it, including the fact that we can keep striving to make it so much better.

When I was little, my town always had a fireworks display at the football stadium (I’m pretty sure they might still have it, but I don’t live there anymore!) and I loved them, without totally understanding what Independence was. As I grew up and learned more about the American Revolution, I had a lot of different feelings, but let’s face it, fireworks are pretty. I know they scare animals (I’m actually dog-sitting for some dogs that hate them right now!) and veterans have problems with them, which sucks. I wish there was a way to make quieter ones.

This year, I’m all alone on the 4th, which is kind of sad. I love big things on the 4th. One time my grandpa took us out on his boat and we watched lake fireworks right under them – it was AMAZING. Last year I watched some in Minnesota with the niecelets. There are tons of fireworks things around OKC, but I’m slightly iffy on navigating the traffic on my own, especially when people might be partying. SO I might just hang out and watch The Twilight Zone marathon! Annnnd look for awesome tacky patriotic and slightly mocking tumblr posts with eagles and flags and such.

Anyway, here are some of my favorite Independence Day related things:

Movies:

Independence Day – not surprising considering the gif (I made that gif, btw). Aliens, America, that speech. We will not go quietly into the night. We will not vanish without a fight! AND the dog doesn’t die.

The Patriot – Militia and Heath Ledger. Bam.

update: A mini-series I need to watch: John Adams a gifset to show you its lure is here.

Books:

I haven’t read enough Revolution era books, that I can think of anyway. I do appreciate America and the Revolution but I read a lot more historical fiction and non about other countries. The two I can think of are for younger readers:

Time Enough for Drums by Ann Rinaldi – I was never a huge Rinaldi fan as  a whole, but I did love this book.

The American Girl Felicity series

Music

This playlist on Spotify has a lot of awesome songs that about America. I found out about it thanks to @thatsostelle.

Anti-fourth:

I also saw this Anti-4th movie article link, which goes hand-in-hand with feeling fed up with the country. Sometimes it helps to rage at the problem before you try to steer positive. I can think of more spec fics and dystopians that add to the negative, but I won’t go into that at the moment!

What movies and books about America do you love? Do you enjoy reading/watching about the American Revolution? Do you have any recommendations for me? OR do you have any negative/subversive recs you want to share? 

Or if you’re not American (or are and have an interest in other countries) is there a book/movie about your country/country’s revolution/etc that you want to rec me?

I’m sure there have been and will be plenty of posts similar to this (probably better) with recs, and if you happen to see one and think of it, can you link me/tweet it at me? 

ALSO: tell me your plans/traditions/the best 4th of July you’ve ever had! Even if you get to this post late!

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6 thoughts on “Happy 4th of July! [America]

  1. HAPPY 4TH OF JULY AMERICANS! I’m a UKer, but I will watch Independence Day tonight, just to support you guys (but mostly just because I will find any excuse to watch Will Smith movies).

    Are you making flag-decorated cakes? I’m seeing a bunch of them popping up on Instagram and they’re so preeeeetty

    • Hahaha, Will Smith movies are the best! Independence Day is one of my favorites!

      I WISH I WAS! I’m not very capable or motivated. They are incredible, though!

  2. I’m American but living in London. No plans to celebrate tonight. I love fireworks but hate crowds. I used to love celebrating the 4th back home but it’s just not the same here. People are pretty up for it though. I’ve found that people in the UK like fireworks (they seem to set them off whenever they want) and are pretty accepting of the celebrations. It just not the same though…

    Hope you enjoy your 4th!

    • Ugh, I feel you on crowds. That’s awesome that people in the UK are into fireworks and can set them off whenever! But I can definitely see how it wouldn’t be the same!

      I hope you enjoy yours, too! I hope you can find something else fun to do!

  3. Happy Fourth of July! It’s actually funny because I was just going to talk about how weird it is being an American in London, because no one talks about July 4th and if it weren’t for people talking about it online I’d probably forget all about it, when I see a comment above saying she’s an American in London! haha. Will have to stalk her blog after leaving this comment 😛

    Anyways, I don’t know why it feels so weird not to celebrate it or have any plans tonight. I have to be honest and say that I rarely celebrated it at home. As a kid we’d see firework shows or even just light sparklers in the backyard, but for the last ten years or so I can’t really ever remember doing anything. But I guess I just sort of miss the fact that it’s there. Like Thanksgiving. When you’re suddenly in another country and everyone is talking about these holidays and yet you barely notice them because there’s not decorations in the shops for them or no paid days off or no one talking about them… you just sort of feel like you’re losing that bit of yourself. That bit of your culture. And that’s sad.

    I don’t know where I’ll end up next year, depending on how Visa things go, but if I do end up back in the States I would like to make a little more effort to celebrate the holidays. It’d be nice to start some traditions since none really exist for my family.

    Anyways, hope you have a lovely day 🙂

    • I bet it would be different if we weren’t all so ingrained in the Internet! But I’m glad you saw her comment =)

      I can see how it would be weird not to celebrate, even if you never really did before. Like, sometimes if you know it’s a holiday and you get the day off or something, even if you just stay home and don’t really celebrate, you still have that holiday feeling. And I’m sure not having it in the back of your mind but knowing so many people are makes it strange and sad! But making a point to start traditions is a good idea! If anything, the 4th is a good excuse to get family and friends together in the summer. Although, I hope things work out the way you want them to with the visa things! ❤

      I hope you have a lovely day too, Asti! I hope you can feel very American even in London!

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