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July 4, 2016

Today we celebrate:

Alice in Wonderland Day - On this day in 1862, Lewis Carroll first told his famous story to Alice Liddell, the child the story was named after. It’s a pretty bizarre story but it was designed to teach Alice, and other kids, that they need courage to overcome any obstacles that try to slow you down or stop you from reaching your goals.

Invisible Day - If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do? This is a good day to ponder that question. If absolutely no one could see you and hold you accountable for your actions, would you seize the moment and do things that would be socially unacceptable or even illegal? Or would you simply play hooky from normal life and take the opportunity to do what you really enjoy doing? I am fascinated by buildings so I think I would take advantage of the chance to explore buildings and houses I have no reason to be in, just to see what it looks like inside.

National Caesar Salad Day - No one knows for sure who first created this popular salad. There are several stories circulating but your guess is as good as mine as to which one is true, if indeed any of them are. Regardless, the salad is delicious and consists of Romaine lettuce, cheese, croutons, and special Caesar dressing. Enjoy.

National Barbecue Day – We must differentiate between barbecuing and grilling. Barbecue uses indirect heat for a long time and grilling uses direct heat for a much shorter period of time. So make sure you get it right when you make your barbecue dinner tonight. You can barbecue anything you want today: chicken, spareribs, pork ribs, tenderloin, and anything else you can think of.

Boom Box Parade Day – Begun in 1986 by WILI, a radio station in Willimantic, Connecticut, this is a day to have a Boom Box Parade. This day began when the Windham's Memorial Day Parade couldn't find a marching band. So, WILI played marching band music on the air while people marched in the parade carrying their boom boxes which, of course, were tuned to WILI's station. Anyone can participate, the only requirement is that they wear red, white and blue and carry a radio tuned to WILI. American flags are encouraged as well.

Fourth Of July or Independence Day – This day doesn't really need any explanation, but for those who might live in another country, this day celebrates the adoption of our Declaration of Independence back in 1776.

Independence From Meat Day - This is a day to start a new tradition. It doesn’t need to be hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill for your barbeque today. You can grill veggie burgers and veggie dogs, especially if you are going to be inviting vegetarians to your party. It would be great if they could eat more than the salad.

Indivisible Day – First declared as a holiday in 2002 by Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura, this day celebrates the division between church and state by the American Constitution. It is under fire by a lot of people who believe it to be an atheist inspired day.

National Country Music Day – This is a down home, country day. It doesn't matter if you prefer the classic country of your childhood or the newer country that has a touch of rock in it. Listen to whatever kind of country music you like today.

Earth At Aphelion – On this day at 4:24 pm (Universal Time) we are at the farthest point from the sun that we ever go. The earth's orbit around the sun is not a circle, it is more elliptical which means that we are not exactly the same distance from the sun from day to day. Oddly enough, the earth is warmer at this point than it is at perihelion when we are the closest to the sun.  Although I’m not sure if the southern hemisphere would agree.

Sidewalk Egg Frying Day – On this day in Oatman, Arizona, there is a festival that involves wild west gun fights, food galore and burros wandering wherever they want. But the big attraction today is the egg frying competition. The rules demand that you fry an egg within 15 minutes using only the sun.

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