Friday, July 3, 2015

Inch Seventy: The 4th of July

The 4th of July, one of my favorite holidays, is upon us again. Tomorrow afternoon we will be setting the stage for the evening's concert; tomorrow night will be the 30th annual concert by the Central Ohio Symphony, followed by fireworks. Thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling in Obergefell et al. v. Hodges, Director, Ohio Dept. of Health et al., I imagine the Star Spangled Banner will sound all the sweeter this year and the fireworks seem all the brighter. 

In 1776, shortly after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail about the momentous occasion:

I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.

Being married to the Symphony, I tend to see the local fireworks over the tops of buildings as a number of us labor away after the concert to strike the stage. It is fun but it is not the same as sitting out on the road or in the flat practice fields, staring up at the sky.

Never mind. This year I have fireworks close at hand, in the vegetable garden that never became a vegetable garden. They do not pop and boom, but they do hum with bees. And in their colors are the colors that will light the night tomorrow evening.


"Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more." 

And flowers. 


Laurie said...

What gorgeously festive flowers! So cheerful and lovely. Your 4th celebration sounds perfect, with a symphony concert followed by fireworks. Enjoy!

Linda said...

your flowers are beautiful!

see you there! said...

Your flowers look very festive. Some years we can see the higher fireworks that take place in SF. This year there was heavy overcaast so no bright lights for us. That's ok tho.