(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!”
(1). Negative ads and rhetoric designed to focus everyone’s attention on some insignificant detail of a candidate’s past (and away from his opponent’s lack of qualifications). So, in other words, every campaign ever.
“This is ridiculous! It’s just a blatant smear campaign by the Senator in an attempt to make it look like I cheat on my wife. It’s disgraceful! I only cheated on my wife that one time…last week…with my secretary…in my kid’s room.”