Calling it Independence Day seems ridiculously inappropriate. Happy 4th, some people say. That’s about right. Fireworks are illegal here in Austin and in most other places, after all.
And as for independence, that’s more historical than factual. We merely traded an actual king for a string of presidents who think they’re kings and a big federal government with thousands of laws which have watered down the constitution that supposedly set us free. And the real king’s historically onerous taxes for theirs.
About the only thing the feds haven’t tried to do to us that King George did is quartering soldiers in our homes. Not yet anyhow. So Happy 4th. At best.