The Clog wishes you a most excellent Independence Day! Now get off the internet and go consume your ass off.

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happy 40thNo, we’re not talking about that one Will Smith movie …

Forty years ago, today, our esteemed Daily Californian declared its independence from the university after the threat of censorship spurred the students at the Daily Cal to get their shit together and change things up.

On Sept. 28, 1971, this announcement was made known to the UC Berkeley community through an editorial titled “It’s your newspaper now.” Read the editorial that changed it all as well as a note from our current Editor in Chief and President, Tomer Ovadia, here.

The Clog might be young, but we’ve been known to respect our elders (on occasion) and we can appreciate that 40 years of independence is nothing to scoff at.

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40th anniversary independence [Daily Cal]

July 4 Fireworks

When it comes to the 4th of July, there are the basics: grilling burgers, wearing shorts, drinking … lemonade. As you don your red, white and blue feel free to stick to these classic festivities and enjoy the simple pleasures of being an American.

We at the Clog have been eagerly awaiting this fabulous day off, and have assembled a list of ways to spend the 4th. read more »

Because big holidays can’t pass without someone in the Bay Area burning a flag (just look at what fat-man-on-bike did to Christmas)–we feel obliged to announce the “Anti-4th of July” festivities that take place tomorrow in both Berkeley and San Francisco. We found out about the former after peeping the multiple notices taped to the floor of Sproul Plaza, which advertise the anti-celebratory affair’s abundance of video, music, food and perhaps a little bit of flag-burning. God Bless America!

The picnic will happen from 12 to 4 p.m. at Rogers Park. Yes, it ends early–most likely so the disgruntled anti-American Americans can go admire the official fireworks shows/”bomb simulations.” Or maybe they’ll move on to other anti-patriotic parties, like the one in San Francisco that plans to accompany the waterfront explosions.

Whatever your plans are–the Clog hopes you at least have some BBQ, and maybe watch Hancock. Happy July 4!

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Anti-4th of July Guerrilla Screening in the Park [IndyBay]
Coming Events at Revolution Books [Revolution Books]
Earlier: Get Ready for a Bitchin’ July 4

Happy firework day, all. Enjoy the festivities. Try not to get too drunk/sun-burnt. And don’t get shaded out by all the bomb sniffing dogs on BART.

If this is your first time experiencing a Bay Area summer, you’ll need a little guide to the best fireworks around. The Fourth of July is coming up, and we’re ready to see stuff exploding in the air (and hopefully not in our hands).

The SF Chron asked the people where they find the best watching site in their daily bit Two Cents. Most popular answer? It’s quite lame, we’ll tell you that.

In regards to the top choice, Gerard Cecchettini from San Francisco put it best:

bq. In front of your TV! No traffic problems, no parking problems, safe, relaxing, with goodies to eat at your fingertips, you can drink and not have to be dry because you’re not driving, and you can watch the celebration across the United States with your honey. Can’t beat that!

But the Clog poo-poos that idea. We liked the suggestions of some others, like that of Anh Chu from Oakland. She recommended watching fireworks “on the grass at the Oakland A’s coliseum … after celebrating the A’s with great fans.”

Or how about a typical Berkeley native’s response? Elaine Lee suggested:

bq. Indian Rock in Berkeley. When you climb to the top of it, you get a magnificent, unobstructed view of the Bay Area. Simultaneously you get this remarkable surrealistic sensation of viewing fireworks while sitting on a beautiful huge rhyolite volcanic rock that is over 11 millions years old.

What about our two cents? We say head over to the Berkeley Marina, which, according to the city of Berkeley’s website, will house a giant slide. No mention of any age restriction…

The fireworks start at 9:30 p.m., but show up before 7 p.m. if you’re driving and want a decent parking space. Festivities start at noon.

Or, of course, you could make your own fireworks … in bed.

Two Cents [SF Chron]
4TH OF JULY @ THE BERKELEY MARINA [City of Berkeley Community Calendar]

Well, the view from Tightwad Hill will probably be pretty shitty this year. The slow progress of the Jack London Square construction project has nixed the traditional July 4th fireworks display. Our condolences to lovers of shiny explosions. All the poor denizens of Oakland shall go fireworkless on their day of freedom. Somewhere in the hills, the Grinch of Oaktown (E 40’s evil twin?) is smiling and snickering.

City Council President Ignacio De La Fuente griped

bq. There aren’t many opportunities for our residents to enjoy the water for free.

Hmm. Something tell us that when De La Fuente said that, he really was thinking, “How the hell else can we make use of that mercury-ridden filth pool?!”

So why didn’t Oakland look ahead and plan an alternative celebration? We’re quite curious. And stunner shaded—but not in the good way.

No worries, though. Oakland has decided to merely postpone July 4th. Fireworks will be incorporated into a July 28th music festival at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park. Hopefully the bombs bursting in air will drown out the sound of George Washington’s ghost vomiting.

This brings us an interesting opportunity, though. Is it possible to make July 28th “International Hyphy Day”? Can we make up a story in which a martyred Mac Dre valiantly expels So Cal from our music scene in a momentous, high stakes, July 28th side-show? Just a thought.

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Oakland July 4 fireworks cancelled [Inside Bay Area]