“…It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more…” – John Adams – July 3, 1776

“Booms and Blooms” – Powell Gardens, Kingsville, Missouri – July 2, 2011.

What a difference a year can make.

Let’s all keep trying.