Some of you reading this may be under a different schedule of national holidays, but I've been assured that even in England, they have the 4th of July.
As I write this, I'm hearing the echoing and popping of explosions outside my window, and the worst concern I have is that these are unlicensed, illegal fireworks. It's possible that some not-quite burned out ember might land on my poorly mowed lawn, or my aged roof, and I might have a pressing need to turn on a hose, but this is luxury when compared with people in other parts of the world, going to sleep with explosions sounding not in celebration, but as the basest form of outrage, the last refuge of peoples where diplomacy has failed. While my government has decided to engage in hostilities abroad, I do not live in a war zone, and for this I am thankful.
"It is good that war is so terrible, lest we grow too fond of it" - Robert E. Lee
"Never has there been a good war or a bad peace" - Benjamin Franklin
"A country cannot simultaneously prepare for and prevent war" - Albert Einstein
"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist." - Dwight D. Eisenhower
I hope that your day has been one of celebration, spent with friends or family. I hope that your home is in a peaceful area. I hope that in years to come, more can spend the fourth as fortunately as I have.