We declared our independence on July 4th, 1776, and the red, white and blue stars and stripes entered into our lives on our flag. Flags and ribbons and all sorts of stuff (what the heck is bunting?) in red, white and blue are everywhere and the fireworks displays on the 4th will include a lot of those colors.
For the record, the picture above is from an area near Kandahar in Afghanistan. That little flag is the same kind children wave at veterans marching in our parades on Independence Day. It is strange for me to believe that we have had armed forces in Afghanistan for over 11 years. Give them a thought as you celebrate our holiday. And give them another thought the next time you vote.
Here's a give-away that is still in place after nearly a month. The pillar is on one of our busiest streets and the city has carefully preserved the painting there instead of covering it up.
The blue panels in the background on the right and left side are reflective and some people mistake them for traffic signals. Actually it is a collective work of art called "Moments" by Carl Trominski and was created for the Austin Art in Public Places project on 2003.
Have a safe and happy 4th of July.
P.S. Yes, this is a little early. But at least my Blog Wrangler is doing something for me.