Day: July 2, 2011

Happy (We Should Not Have Declared) Independence Day

Today is July 2nd.  This means that we’re halfway through the Wawa Welcome America eleven-day July 4th extravaganza.  You think I’m kidding?  It began last week with the first of three fireworks displays and will conclude with an “eye-popping, jaw-dropping, light-up-the-sky fireworks display” (“the nation’s largest free outdoor Fourth of July concert”) on Ben Franklin Parkway in front of the art museum on the actual 4th of July. (And that’s quoted verbatim from the official Wawa Welcome America website.) If it seems like we Philadelphians take this holiday a bit too seriously, it’s because we do.  Then again, the City of Brotherly Love is the cradle of liberty and all… what with Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and the Constitution Center. Aside from the cheesecake I plan to make for tonight’s party, I’m not particularly enthused about Independence Day.  Whereas I imagine most bloggers will be posting a bunch of patriotic summer barbeque recipes or photos of red, white and blue cupcakes, I thought I’d take a different route this morning.  A slightly more subversive …