i remember watching "Yankee Doodle Dandy" each 4th of july. The story of george m. cohen,as portrayed by james cagney. "top of the world, ma" but that's an entirely different story.
i remember writing in journals on july 4th as i struggled to declare my personal Independence.
4th of july fireworks at coney island, or more often from the roof where we would "oh and ah" at each new blast of color and light. tenants knew each other back then.