Independence Day Means Drunks

Carol Burt
3 min readJul 3, 2021
Photo by Camylla Battani on Unsplash

If only they stayed home and aggravated each other.

As we know, any reason will do for some people to get knee-walking drunk. But Independence Day, otherwise known as Fourth of July, seems to be the one that brings the most intoxicated people out on the roads, rivers, and lakes. If you’re going out to celebrate, please be careful.

I used to work as a police officer in a resort area. Fourth of July for us meant boat accidents, drownings, car wrecks, maybe somebody’s finger getting blown off, and a lot of drunks driving cars and boats. What a pain in the ass it was.

Some people I’ve arrested didn’t even know what they were celebrating. One guy (to be fair, he was quite drunk), said he was celebrating “us beating the hell out of the Japs.” I think he meant winning World War II. Maybe.

A young woman whose campsite had been reported for being too loud and disorderly said they were celebrating, “the day the slaves were freed.”

Hmm. I don’t know where these people were during history classes. Probably planning a celebration…or something.

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Carol Burt

Former print journalist, former mayor, retired law enforcement officer. Writing about politics and government along with random personal essays.