I've run posted this skit before on this blog, but it fits the week:
FIREWORKS DAY (a skit) first performed at Felton Bible Church
The Smith Family (Bill, the father; Betty, the mother; Katie, the daughter and Ingmar, a foreign exchange student)
The Jones Family (Joe, the father; Judy, the mother and Fred, the son)
Setting: two families with picnic baskets and coolers, all dressed for picnic, though exchange student may be oddly dressed
BILL: Hey Joe! Happy Fireworks Day!
JOE: Happy Fireworks Day right back at you!
(Everyone wishes everyone else a “Happy Fireworks Day!”)
KATIE: Joe, Judy, Fred, I’d like to introduce you to our new foreign exchange student, Ingmar.
(Jones all greet Ingmar, “Good to meet you”, “Welcome to our country”, etc.)
BETTY: It’s wonderful that you could get together with us for this Fireworks Day Picnic. Ingmar, being from a foreign country, has never celebrated Fireworks Day, so maybe you could help us explain to him what it’s all about.
JOE: Well, first of all, the important thing about Fireworks Day, is that you get the day off work.
FRED: And I get out of stupid summer school.
JUDY: If you had done your math homework like I told you, you wouldn’t need to be in summer school.
BILL: But Fireworks Day is much more than about getting our school and work. For instance, there are all the great traditions.
JUDY: Yes, every year we get together with friends and family and have a big picnic, because holidays are all about family.
FRED: Don’t listen to them, Ingmar. The really cool thing about Fireworks Day is the fireworks. You’ve got to love the explosions and noise. Really loud noise!
KATIE: And when you watch the fireworks, you have to sit there and say, “Ohhhhh”, then “Ahhhhhhhh” and then “Ohhhhhhh” again.
INGMAR: I must admit, I am confused. In my school back home, we learned about this day, July 4, and that it was called Independence Day. And that today was the day when you celebrated the beginnings of your nation. That today you took time to remember your freedom and liberty and those who made great sacrifices to obtain it.
KATIE: Yeah, I hear that’s what we used to do. But it’s boring to spend time on that history stuff.
BILL: And some people have different opinions on freedom, liberty and all that stuff.
JOE: And nothing brings down a holiday like politics.
JUDY: Except maybe religion.
BETTY: That reminds me of something I’m looking forward to. This year we can show Ingmar how we celebrate all of our holidays, like Turkey Day and Bunny Day and even my favorite holiday.
INGMAR: What holiday would that be?
BETTY: Why Presents Under the Tree Day, of course.