4th of July Pre-Fireworks Photos

Happy Navy Week! This 4th of July celebration is extra-special because it's also the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, when the Brits fought with the French (as usual), and in the process, pissed off Americans by blockading trade routes, forcing American sailors into their Royal Navy, and supporting Native American campaigns against the, let's face it, non-Native Americans.

Boston's harbors now proudly host the many Tall Ships of the world, such as the one below:


We went on board the Dewaruci from Indonesia. That ship is pimped out with some serious woodwork, as seen in the nameplate on the auxiliary helm:


So pretty! It made me nostalgic for the bench we had on our balcony back in Manila, which had intricate carvings in the bottom storage compartment. Cats liked to sleep in there.

Back to ships -- we've also got some actual Navy warships and a Canadian destroyer (it might be a cruiser) out there. Needless to say, there are also plenty of navy men and women roaming the streets of Boston right now. Sweeeeet.

Today, fighter jets swooped low over the Zakim Bridge in a loud display of military might. In the picture below, you can juuuuust make them out right above the southern tower on the bridge:


I think we're going to a barbecue later, as mandated in the Constitution. Just kidding. Hey, did you know that the "Star-Spangled Banner" only became the US national anthem in 1916? World War I: bringing you passports, national anthems, and the death of millions!

Also, did you know that the Philippines celebrated July 4, until President Diosdado Macapagal changed the Philippine Independence Day to June 12, back in 1964? He asked President Kennedy first if it was okay, of course. Kidding again. He actually requested that he and the first lady postpone their visit to the US because peeps were all, "Girlfriend, we are totes a free nation, why we gotta do everything the US does?" Read all about it here, and marvel at the accuracy of my historical narrative.

In conclusion: Happy 4th of July!!!