July 4, 2008, - 9:47 am
By Debbie Schlussel
My three favorite Independence Days experiences were spent this way:
* Spending time with my late father, as he grilled steaks or cooked hot dogs or hamburgers, with all of the fixins’ including our favorite condiment, Plochman’s Kosciusko Spicy Brown Mustard (there’s nothing like it).
* Spending time with a good friend on the friend’s boat in the middle of the water on a beautiful, sunny Fourth of July. It was only for a few hours, but there is no freer, more independent place than to be out on the middle of the water with nothing blocking your view of the beautiful day. Being free do do that in America is one of the simple joys of living here. And the company was not bad, either. You can’t beat the freedom of movement and freedom of association that we have in our great country.
* As a summer intern in Washington, then-White House intern (and later Bush White House employee) Peter Wehner and some other White House interns I met invited me to watch the fireworks from the South Lawn of the White House. There is no greater place to watch them, since it’s less crowded and the fireworks on the Washington Mall are done so the President can see them well from the White House.
How do you spend the Independence Day holiday? What are some of your favorite memories celebrating America and enjoying the day?