Archive | Fourth of July

4th of July Parade in Bemidji, Minnesota

Last year my family and I extended a north woods vacation by an extra half day to take in the 4th of July parade in Bemidji, Minnesota. It was wonderful. The decorative lampposts were hung with American flags. Residents and visitors lined the sidewalks and parking lanes with foldup lawn chairs, staking the best position […]

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4th of July, Rockport Massachusetts, sometime in the 1990s

Keeping everyone happy on summer family trips was all but impossible. Five kids from two different divorced-remarried families, and all of us were approximately the same age. The annual summertime car trip was half whack-a-mole, half Beckett play: California, North Carolina, Alabama… This year it was New England: upstate New York, Boston, and New Hampshire packed into […]

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Introducing Nostalgia Saturated Freedom Week

When in the course of human events, the calendar turns to high summer, and sporadic explosions fill the air, then suffer folk to wax nostalgaic about their youth, or small towns, or the war of 1812. It’s not my favorite holiday, but with July come fireworks and festivals and a break from routines or traffic. […]

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Fourth of July 1999 – Stone Arch Bridge

I had just moved to Minnesota as a new Assistant Professor, and was living in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood. On the July 4, 1999, I decided to see the fireworks at the nearby Stone Arch Bridge. I went early, enjoyed the warm summer’s afternoon, and slowly the crowd began to fill in this prime spot for […]

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