Happy 4th! Sousa, Bombeck & ‘The President’s Own’ (Back When It Was a Compliment)

It’s Independence Day tomorrow and yep, I have a special Happy Birthday America-themed post just for the occasion. But I’ll let you in on something: I LOVE Independence Day. And I don’t want to wait till tomorrow.

So, here’s a little J.P. Sousa and Erma Bombeck to start off the holiday right.

You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism. ~Erma Bombeck

Happy birthday, America!