We the People

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“Preamble” suggests a degree of insignificance. But when it comes to the Declaration of Independence, America’s founding document, it’s the preamble that issues the most enduring declarative: “We hold these truths to be self-evident…”

Simpler truths—kids love open grass; teens love sparklers; adults love food carts—were evident during the two-hour preamble to the city’s Independence Day celebration Sunday night at Wilbur Cross High School, where locals of every star and stripe had gathered to enjoy the official fireworks display at 9:15.

The fireworks themselves will be the star of tomorrow’s edition. Today, we’re focusing on the people—mostly during the first 75 minutes or so of the evening, before a late crush fleshed out the fields and bleachers and an inky black peace, soon to be rent by manmade thunder, descended.

Written and photographed by Dan Mims.

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Dan has worked for a couple of major media companies, but he likes Daily Nutmeg best. As DN’s editor, he writes, photographs, edits and otherwise shepherds ideas into fully realized feature stories.

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