Lessons (Re)Learned on the 4th of July

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on July 5, 2012

1. It is a spectacularly gargantuan mistake to go down to Navy Pier in Chicago, endure the overwhelming mass of humanity there, briefly contemplate the very terrifying prospect of being trampled to death by said mass of humanity, all the while sweating out half of one’s body weight because of the very high summer temperatures–made higher by the increase in ambient temperature attributable to the presence of the aforementioned overwhelming mass of humanity–all for fifteen minutes of fireworks.

2. It is an even more spectacularly gargantuan mistake to do everything mentioned in Point 1 above with little kids in tow. What in the name of Heaven possesses parents to keep awake very small children who by all rights should be sleeping, AND to take them to a massively overpopulated locale in sweltering conditions? Did these people expect that their kids would have a good time in these circumstances? Because none of the kids I saw appeared to be all that happy.

3. When playing music while fireworks light up the sky, it is probably not a good idea to start things off with one of the themes for the Olympics.

4. When playing music while fireworks light up the sky, it is probably not a good idea to have the second to last piece be yet another theme for the Olympics.

5. There are a lot of people out there who value the 4th of July as just a day off from work, a day that can be devoted solely and exclusively to fun and partying. There is a lot more to the holiday than that–something that we would do well to remember on the 4th of July and on every other day of the year. Remember, it’s only a republic if we can keep it.

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