Read Here’s What the Rose Bowl is Doing on July 4 (Pasadena Now)

Although the Rose Bowl will not put on the traditional July 4 event with a big crowd viewing fireworks, there will be a celebration of the nation’s birthday.

At the last meeting of the Rose Bowl Operating Company, the group agreed to hold an online event.

👓 When the Fourth of July Was a Black Holiday | The Atlantic

Read When the Fourth of July Was a Black Holiday by Ethan J. Kytle (The Atlantic)
After the Civil War, African Americans in the South transformed Independence Day into a celebration of their newly won freedom.

The Pepper Drive Parade

Our local neighborhood gets together at 10am on the 4th of July for a neighborhood parade. There are far more people in the parade than watching it, so it’s more like a gathering at the top of the street in preparation followed by a procession to the bottom of the street where there’s another gathering with snacks and drinks. Those who are along the parade route seem to eventually join the parade and walk to the end for the party.

There were some truly creative little costumes and decorations, but I think my favorite part of the parade today was a bewildered coyote that was coming up the street in the opposite direction of the parade who was shocked to see a mob of people with horses and a firetruck coming down the street. He managed to run off down a side street and escape.

📺 4th of July | Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Watched 4th of July from Last Week Tonight (HBO)
John Oliver does two verses and a chorus on the Day of Colonial Aggression
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZUikv-LB-w