My favorite American holiday is 4th of July, also known as Independence Day. It dates back to 1776 with the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Aside from the fact that this date was symbolically the birth of the greatest nation on earth, and what it means for the philosophical and political ideas that provided its foundation, there’s the fun, food and drinks with friends and of course the public fireworks.
Here’s an album of a few pictures and videos from the 2015 4th of July fireworks at Lake Almaden in San Jose, CA. We got to the venue about 4 hours before the start of the event so we could get a good spot to park ourselves. It gets crowded.
The fireworks last about 20 minutes, and I estimate they shoot about 2,000 of them. It’s intense and hugely entertaining with the crowds ooohing and aaahing and cheering. Here’s a bit:
For some reason, I like to associate 4th of July with a song — Jambalaya on the Bayou. The song dates back 70 years. The Carpenters did a lovely cover. That’s my favorite. Listen:
Happy 4th of July.