July 4th became my favorite holiday in 1981, replacing Christmas. Maybe it was a sign of my maturity.
It was also a sign of the times. After a ten-year hiatus, patriotism was chic again, thanks to Ronald Reagan. Here’s a few other things that made me fall in love with Independence Day:
* Fireworks—who doesn’t love blowing stuff up? * Parties * VP Fair (tragically renamed to Fair St.