Happy Fourth!

May your skies be clear, your beer be cold and your grill be cooperative. And to speed the preparations for whatever shindig you’re celebrating with this evening, a bit of holiday nostalgia.

“Let’s Say It with Firecrackers” is one of my favorite Fred Astaire numbers. This scene is from Holiday Inn, a 1942 Irving Berlin musical starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire.

Bing Crosby is Jim Hardy, owner and manager (and regular headliner) at Holiday Inn, a restaurant/club open only (you guessed it) on the holidays. The movie follows the calendar through the holiday musical numbers: Astaire’s number is the tribute to Independence Day. 

Love it. And Happy Fourth! 


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