Paul Revere rode through the streets of Medford and Lexington shouting, “The Redcoats are coming! Hurry to Boston to let them search your possessions and put on a fireworks show!” Well … At least that’s what our assorted governmental units want you to think the American Revolution was about. Here’s how Boston “celebrated freedom” last night (the event was moved up a day due to the weather):
There are two secured areas for the event — the Oval and the Island. You will be required to pass through a bag/screening entrance to these areas and will receive a wristband specifically for that area. …
No backpacks, shopping bags, or similar type containers
No coolers on wheels (coolers must be carried by a shoulder strap)
No firearms, weapons, sharp objects, or fireworks
No glass containers
No alcohol or pre-mixed beverages
All liquids will be carried in sealed clear plastic containers and cannot exceed 2 liters in size
No grilling, propane tanks, or open flames
No unattended bags
No bicycles will be allowed through the checkpoints
All personal items must be carried in clear bags (Wondering about purses and diaper bags? Here is what Mass. State Police Media Relations Director David Procopio told us in an email: “Small purses are fine to carrying into the Esplanade, and diaper bags also should be fine, within reason. We will use our discretion, but if we are satisfied at the checkpoint that it is a standard diaper bag, that will be okay.”
If you wanted to celebrate the surveillance state, you could have had a great time last night on the Charles. If you still have the weird notion that July 4 is about celebrating freedom, you probably stayed away, but there are lots of ways to celebrate Independence Day today. Here are just a few thoughts:
- Got a “Don’t tread on me” or “Live free or die” cap or T-shirt? This would be a good day to wear it.
- The movie 1776 is always worth watching, and there are lots of other liberty-themed movies. If it’s not to your taste, there are lots of other liberty-themed movies to choose from. Here’s a list from the Mises Institute and some suggestions from David Boaz at Cato. I’m not much of a movie-watcher, so I can’t vouch for these recommendations; just treat them as a starting point for research.
- Do something that’s illegal but doesn’t violate anyone’s rights.
- Get together with friends, sing songs of freedom, and discuss the American Revolution.
- Leave a comment here with other suggestions.
Happy Independence Day!