“We’re going to live on! We’re going to survive! Today we celebrate our Independence Day!”—from the film Independence Day
Many of this blog’s readers live outside the USA and may not be familiar with the Independence Day holiday.
In the United States, the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday that commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from Great Britain.
Out here in the real world, Independence Day is typically associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the United States’ history, government, and traditions.
This photograph above was shot with a Canon EOS 5D Mark I and a Lensbaby Composer Pro II as a homage to the 1960 Twilight Zone episode called “A Stop at Willoughby.” about an old, idyllic town called Willoughby.
This bittersweet episode stuck in my head all these years later and was re-running in my mind when I photographed this scene in rural Colorado—not Willoughby. It strikes a cord with me recalling what many people think of when they say “Fourth of July” but even growing up in a working class urban environment that was quite different from this scene, the people proudly displayed their flags as well.