Fourth o’ Blah-ly


This is my third favorite holiday of the year, mostly because it’s a celebration of the The

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Man telling The Man to get the heck out.

And because of this dumb rain, blowing up stuff may not happen. Thanks a lot, rain, you Red Coat sympathizer. This may affect what the city does to celebrate:

The city of Knoxville’s celebration is still set to begin at World’s Fair Park at 4 p.m. on the Fourth of July, with fireworks scheduled to start at 9:35. However, the city urges residents to check its homepage at and also its Facebook page at to stay in tune with the latest updates.

Speaking of the American Revolution, take a moment to read about the Battle of Bunker Hill – some inside info that might go against what they told you in school:

The last stop on Boston’s Freedom Trail is a shrine to the fog of war.

“Breed’s Hill,” a plaque reads. “Site of the Battle of Bunker Hill.” Another  plaque bears the famous order given American troops as the British charged up  not-Bunker Hill. “Don’t fire ’til you see the whites of their eyes.” Except,  park rangers will quickly tell you, these words weren’t spoken here. The  patriotic obelisk atop the hill also confuses visitors. Most don’t realize it’s  the rare American monument to an American defeat.

In short, the nation’s memory of Bunker Hill is mostly bunk.

– snip –

Nor was Boston a “cradle of liberty”; one in five families, including those of  leading patriots, owned slaves. And the city’s inhabitants were viciously  divided. At Copp’s Hill, in Boston’s North End, Philbrick visits the grave of  Daniel  Malcom, an early agitator against the British identified on his  headstone as “a true son of Liberty.” British troops used the patriot headstone  for target practice. Yet Malcom’s brother, John, was a noted loyalist, so hated  by rebels that they tarred and feathered him and paraded him in a cart until his  skin peeled off in “steaks.”

And to continue the tradition, which I do each Fourth, go ahead and read the Declaration. And if stuff isn’t cool, then change it:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from
the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles
and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by
abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future
security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.

Stay dry. If you have trouble doing so, then go ahead and start up plans for this.


About Gerald

A journalist in Knoxville, TN. Work (mostly) inside and play (mostly) outside. I'm a part of the X or the Y generation. None of us claim the other.
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