Independence Day!

July 5, 2013 at 11:52 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )


Yesterday was one of the best Independence Day’s I’ve had in while.  Scott and I woke up early to make our way down to Daley Plaza,

Fight for our rights!

Fight for our rights!

where a group of civil minded people met for a rally against NSA.  If you haven’t heard of what’s been going on with NSA security and a guy named Edward Snowden, I suggest you Google both him and the Fourth Amendment.  That Amendment, which states that “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”, is basically what we are trying to protect.  We met up at noon and spent some time listening to speeches before marching to Millennium Park.  Along the way, we passed out flyers and information to anyone who seemed interested and we received quite a bit of attention from people walking the streets.  When we got to the park we dispersed for a bit and then met back up to walk to Grant Park and Buckingham Fountain.  There were perhaps 200 of us in all and if nothing else, we spread the word to people who may not have known what was going on.  We got both positive and negative feedback, which wasn’t surprising.  It felt really good to get out and rally for our rights and it was exciting to see so many people so passionate about the same issues.  The fight for privacy is far from over but it was a good start and a really good way to begin my 4th of July.

I like how it looks like something out of a Harry Potter movie.  Unfortunately, the guy with the wand didn't create that specific firework.

I like how it looks like something out of a Harry Potter movie. Unfortunately, the guy with the wand didn’t create that specific firework.

After the march, we came back home to eat some lunch and watch Independence Day, which is pretty much a tradition with me.  I do love me some Jeff Goldblum, what can I say?  After relaxing for a bit we packed up a basket full of sandwiches and snacks then walked down the street to the local park, where all our neighbors get together in a huge fireworks display that seems to be kind of an annual thing.  I’m not sure if different groups are just trying to out-do each other or what, but it was insane.  Fireworks were shot off from at least four areas over the course of at least three hours – talk about impressive.  And I’m not going to lie, it was also kind of dangerous.  Since it was a Bring-Your-Own-Fireworks event, there were lots of smaller groups shooting off bottle rockets, roman candles and the like.  One specific group had a bad habit of shooting things of waaaay too close to the crowds.   At one point, a roman candle fell to the ground and started shooting at people sitting on blankets – our group was just narrowly out of the line of fire.  Some guy who’s friends were actually hit (everyone was okay) tried to fight the guy who was shooting them off but luckily calmer heads prevailed and things didn’t get too crazy.  And those dangerous guys moved further away, which was good.  There were still lots of debris and sparks that fell around us though and as the night wore on and people continued to drink, we made the wise decision to go on home.  It was still a great show and I’m so glad it’s so close to home!

It was a truly great 4th of July and I’m glad I got to express my freedom in many different forms.  The whole day sort of felt like a Sunday too which is nice because it’s really just Friday now and that’s my favorite day of the week.  Weekend, here I come!

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