Good morning, folks. It’s good to be here! As always, thanks for including The County Line as part of your morning routine.
Today is Monday, but as you undoubtedly already know, it’s no ordinary start to the workweek (unless you’re like me and the many, many others around here who are in fact working today, in which case it probably does feel a little ordinary). Whether you’re working today or enjoying a treasured long weekend, however, let’s acknowledge the obvious: We’re dealing with a bona-fide, real-deal holiday today: Independence Day, the Fourth of July, America’s birthday.
This is a weird one to analyze, because while July 4 is actually a long-established, widely-celebrated, federally-approved Big Deal; it doesn’t incite the same rigid adherence to tradition compared to the other A-list holidays.
I will explain. You could name any year since I was a small child and I could probably give you a rough description of what that particular year’s Thanksgivings or Christmases were like—where I was, who else was there, etc. I could at least narrow it down to either this location or that location, these family members or those family members. I can do this because most years were pretty much like the year before or year after, with only peripheral differences and gradual changes from one to the next.
Independence Day, however, is a total crapshoot. I have a lot of good Fourth of July memories, but they’re sporadic, and I couldn’t really tell you which Fourth of July I did what. Maybe I was on the lake with some family members, maybe I was chopping weeds out of a tobacco patch, maybe I stayed inside all day watching baseball, maybe I had to work, and maybe I overhydrated and used a wet, grassy hill as nature’s Slip ‘N Slide. All these things happened on various Fourths over the years because there was never anything consistent year to year.
I have no traditions to uphold whenever the Fourth comes around, and I kind of like it that way.
This is a day that can be anything you want it to be. It’s universally accepted that this is a patriotic holiday, but not as somber as Veterans Day or as academic as Presidents’ Day. This is a celebration about ourselves. We are America, and we celebrate the birthday. It can be lazy, fun, or another day on the grind depending on your personal circumstances. It’s fitting that the methods of observance are as diverse as everything else in the country.
As this great country turns 246, our Quote of the Day appropriately comes from its first and greatest literary figure, Mark Twain.
“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it.”
With that, let’s check in with the intern for today’s holiday weather report.
“At 7:20 a.m., it’s already 73 degrees and sunny at company headquarters in Russell Springs. Intern correspondents report 74 degrees in Jamestown and 75 at The County Line’s Columbia office. It’s only going to get hotter today, with an expected high reaching the mid-90s. No rain in the forecast. Take precautions to stay cool or stay indoors today—this is the kind of heat that can get dangerous for humans and pets alike.
Thanks for joining us again. Have a blessed holiday and check back in here at The County Line—we’ve got better content than this one the way from more talented writers than this one, always from local voices.
This post is dedicated to the United States of America.