(With apologies to any readers from outside the U.S.)
Let’s get this straight. The holiday celebrated this weekend is called “Independence Day.”
People seem to have forgotten the name of it; it’s referred to only as “The Fourth of July.” Not only does that obscure what we’re celebrating, it leads (especially this year) to absurdities. Shelbyville is having its Fourth of July celebration on Saturday, while government offices (and the newspaper where I work) are celebrating the Fourth of July by closing on Monday.
Call it what it is: the celebration of our declaration of independence from Great Britain, and thus the origins of our status as a free and independent nation.
And have a safe and enjoyable holiday.