4th of July was my favorite holiday when I was a kid. The fireworks! The bonfires! The beach! The friends to run around with on said beach! Amazingly, I've spent the majority of my Fourth of Julys celebrating on that same beach, with those same friends for the last 30 years, which is certainly something to be celebrated. This year some of my dearest college friends were visiting, and it was great to share these long-held traditions with them, and to get silly on the beach together. Happy birthday America, I've been very proud recently to be one of yours!