Yeah it's odd with the holiday on a Wednesday, it's almost pointless. I may end up working through and taking another day off later to make a long weekend.
Fireworks started over a month ago in my neighborhood and will probably last through much of the summer. And it seems just about every weekend there is an officially sanctioned (as in, not kids popping them off in their backyards) fireworks display somewhere within earshot of here. I remember when fireworks were shot off only 2 nights a year, now it seems they are done so often that it takes away from the "special occasion" factor. And it would be really awesome if the 4th of July was recognized as something other than just an occasion to blow stuff up.