Recipe for a Lovely Independence Day:
1 lazy morning sleeping in.
1 leisurely train ride with a silly magazine.
3 hours laying on Jones Beach, eating fried chicken, popcorn, and playing in the surf.
1 leisurely train ride back to the city, half-napping.
A few more lazy hours in the sunshine.
Fireworks downtown, 11th Avenue the closest we could get.
D train home, lickity split.
Party on the roof with the neighbor boys: We brought the firecrackers, they provided the sparks.
America, we love you!