Independence Day Fireworks

The Pasadena Tea Party Patriots Tailgate Party

By–Michael J. Fell


It was early morning, July 4, 2009. An RV manned by the Pasadena Tea Party Patriots, with Town Crier Jonathan Wilson at the wheel, arrived at a choice spot with an unobstructed view of Pasadena’s pride, the Rose Bowl. Aided by the ever helpful women of the Pasadena Republican Club, the Patriots went about the business of setting up base camp for what would prove to be an inspiring day of fellowship and celebration of the 233rd observance of American independence.

By midday, copious amounts of burgers, dogs, chips, salsa, beer and thematically decorative cupcakes had been assembled for the gathering crowd of participants to consume. They came by truck, car, bicycle and motor scooter. They came carrying flags, footballs, charcoal grills and copies of the Declaration of Independence. They came wearing festive tee shirts, shorts, sneakers and tri-corn hats. They came early and they came often. Many came and a few went, but mostly they stayed and played. By mid afternoon, the Patriots had accomplished their mission of handing out copies of the Tea Party Patriot’s “Agenda for Freedom” pamphlet to the thousands who’d assembled in anticipation of the coming fireworks display.

As the afternoon sun neared the horizon and the proud, sunburned Patriots grouped together to feast upon grilled goodies, a copy of the Declaration of Independence was produced for the group reading. Dusk gradually settled upon the crowded site as the readers took turns reminding each other of the words upon which the original thirteen colonies severed political ties with the Crown of King George:

“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…”

With the sun set and the fireworks at hand, it was time for the Patriots to focus their attention on the Rose Bowl and the colorful show that was beginning. As the spectacular display graced the still night air, a chorus of oohs and aahs could be heard from the crowd. The breathtaking abundance and beauty of the gunpowder fueled explosions were a fitting and memorable end to a festive day of exuberance, patriotism and bonding. A grand time was had by all.


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