Oh, Bend’s Freedom Ride. Every year on the 4th of July, we as Americans celebrate our independence. Why do we celebrate this? Simply put, it’s the day that we as a nation claimed our independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain and set out on our own.
How do we honor those that gave up so much, including their lives, so that those of us that live, work, and play in the United States can be free? How do we remember those that fought so hard? We the people have adopted several ways:
1. Blow shit up
2. Drink…a lot
3. Act like total idiots
4. Take the day off from work
The last point is very important. If you had to go to work on Independence Day, how would you do 1-3?
While I had the day off from work, I somehow managed to avoid doing 1-3. What does this mean? It means I didn’t run around yelling, “WOOOO Freedom!” or, “WOOO ‘Merica!” which seems to be the norm these days. Maybe it’s because I’m getting older and a bit more jaded, but when I see people acting this way, it saddens me. I’m sure that our forefathers would want us to have fun on this historically significant holiday, but something tells me that this isn’t exactly what they had in mind.
When you get down to it, I feel we’ve lost sight of what the 4th of July is all about. I’m happy that I was born in a country that has/had a strong economy and has/had a lot of freedoms. While a lot of those freedoms are being questioned, and in some cases taken away, I should just be happy that I can sit on the sidewalk in downtown Bend, Oregon and watch a bunch of drunks ride their bikes while I take photos of them.
I will say this. Over the past years the Freedom Ride in Bend has grown…massively. It was much smaller years ago and didn’t contain as many drunks or people acting like total idiots. People rode for fun and to show their patriotism.
Without further ado, I present some of the best…
Drunks of the Freedom Ride
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For the rest of the photos from Bend’s Freedom Ride, please visit: http://photos.mayfieldvisuals.com/Events/4th-of-July-Freedom-Ride-2012/