July 4th is one of the obsessive compulsive holidays in the US. It’s when we celebrate our independence from the British Empire. Although we declared that independence in 1776, the US Congress didn’t formally establish the holiday until 1941 – just as we were fast becoming England’s most important ally. Unlike Memorial Day and Labor Day, the bookends of summer, the 4th of July is the 4th, not the Monday before. No 3-day weekend in July, save those for May and September.
Falling on a Wednesday this year, it might mean a day off for some, a normal work day for others, perhaps at a higher rate of pay, and for other others, it might mark the start (or the end) of a 5-day weekend. For me, it’s a single day off. I’ll spend some time in my workshop, watch a few episodes of the Twilight Zone Marathon on Decades TV – take that SyFy – and perhaps have a beer. I’m OK with the 4th of July’s insistence on being celebrated in absolute ordinal fashion – it appeals to my logical side. And, remember:
“The first rule of OCD Club is that there has to be a second rule, ‘cuz there has to be an even number of rules.”
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