Not reading any newspapers, looking at TV, FB or anything that might ruin my holiday mood. Our local coffee shop is closed today so we've invited the gang of friends we always meet there over for coffee in our garden. While our party-size pot brews up 30 cups of coffee, I will listen to my ritual 4th of July musical selections. My all-American lineup: Rhapsody in Blue (George Gershwin), Appalachian Spring (Aaron Copland) and We Can Be Together/Volunteers (Jefferson Airplane). Of course, I will put out our flag!
Did you know that you can order a flag from your U.S. Representative to be flown over the Capitol in Washington on a specific date to commemorate a special event like a birthday or retirement? Twenty-nine years ago I ordered one of these cotton flags from our then-Senator, Bill Proxmire. You have to order in advance obviously, and I ordered a flag that was flown on our wedding day.
I wanted to have a flag all ready for the day we owned our own house. I thought then — and still think now — that it's important that Americans of all political persuasions fly the flag, rather than letting it be kidnapped by one group to use as their personal political symbol. So fly your flag and enjoy the day.