Today, Monday, July 3, is an additional holiday for some local, state government workers and others — creating a four-day weekend for the Fourth of July.

Two years ago, I put the video above together to try and capture the many scenes and icons of America’s birthday.  It is a birthday celebrated in many ways and also ignored by others.  It is a birthday that I, as an American, believe should be enjoyed and celebrated by those who love this country.

I celebrate the Fourth of July because I am an American.

I am not a Conservative or a Liberal.

I am not a Democrat or a Republican.

I am an American.

There is a difference.

That, alone, is reason enough to celebrate.

(Photos and videos in the video are mine and collected over more than 50 years of photography and filming.)