Sadly, this guy with the painted belly seems to show up at every large parade I’ve ever gone to on the Fourth. Bless him: The spirit is there, but the canvas leaves much to be desired.
For those in the States, I hope you have a happy 233rd Fourth with family and friends. In fact, I hope you’re reading this note on the fifth and didn’t turn on your computer once.
And a personal note to my three friends serving in Iraq and Afghanistan this Fourth — and to all those doing the same — be safe, be well, and thank you.