July 4th fell on a Wednesday, so we decided to have a BBQ on another red, white and blue holiday. I was checking the calendar to make sure of the date, and here is what it said: NATIONAL DAY (Fr). What was that all about? I looked up National Day (never heard of it before): “…is a designated date on which celebrations mark the nationhood of a country, i.e. Bastille Day, July 14.
Why can’t we just go ahead and call it Bastille Day? My theory is that someone is loathe to remind us of what can happen when the populace becomes really upset with its governing body. Perhaps we should call it Off With Their Heads Day. Not that I am advocating violence. No, but let’s jettison the coy renaming of national holidays to make them less threatening.