(1). A last minute scramble to deal with an artificially-created emergency, usually occurring at approximately four o’clock on a Friday afternoon and whose successful completion results in zero thanks and several missed trains.
(1). The annual celebration of the United States’ independence from its doddering, old father, England. It’s also the day when your neighbor gets to (once again) try to blow his hand off by shooting off insanely illegal fireworks in what seems to be the general direction of your house.
“Hey, Tom. I’m going to try to bug out at one o’clock today. Want to beat the traffic out of the city, if I can, Oh, before you leave, could you put together that P and L report for the board and circulate it to everyone? Shouldn’t take more than five or six hours, I would think. Happy Fourth of July!”