It ain’t easy living in the greatest country on earth. With so many awesome things to be patriotic about, come July 4th the patriotic pressure can get downright overwhelming. Luckily, with a bit of careful planning the average Patriotic American can cram every patriotic impulse into one entire freedom-filled day. What follows is a suggested itinerary for any individual ready to embrace a … Read the rest
Sure, July 4th is thick with parades and patriotic hollering. But that can be a bit overwhelming, and you can America just as hard in a more subdued way: a picnic. It gets you outside into those purple mountains majesty and does it with snacks.
Here’s The Messenger’s favorite picnic spots around Southern Oregon.
Less a park than a magic forest with amenities, … Read the rest
Much as it can seem like it at this time of year, America is not the only country in the world. We even have other countries totally, ahem, “touching us down south” like creeps. And since those neighbors can direct influence on our cultural, economic and political existence, we should probably know a thing or two about them so that we can better keep up with the Juanses.… Read the rest
Southern Oregon’s cast of Fourth of July parades are organized by local chambers of commerce. To participate, you fill out some forms and pay some fees. But this is the land of the free, and if you want to qualify as one of the brave, then toss bureaucracy to the wind and go Rogue by jumping into an open space and joining the parade off-script with your own DIY float.… Read the rest
In Europe they use the metric system, but here in ‘Merrica, the primary unit of measurements are mom and apple pie. And since it would be weird to write about the five best moms available at local restaurants this Fourth of July, we’re going to focus on that lovely spawn of Mr. Appleseed and Mrs. Smith: the pie.
Here are The Messenger’s five … Read the rest
There are some holidays that are ginned up by greeting card companies. Other you could easily sleep through without missing much. Between every high school student in the county marching down the street blowing a trombone, the copious wearing of red and white pinstriped trousers, and the night sky being lit up like a warzone from fireworks, that’s not the case with The Fourth of July. … Read the rest