The Fourth of July of 2012 fell on a Wednesday.
This meant that the official party would have to wait for July 6. But a friend and I decided to have a quiet pre-celebration in Place Saint-Sulpice on that Wednesday night, equipped with a 12-pack of sparklers. We each pinned on a cocarde tricolore (ignoring that they were really for the Fourteenth of July) and danced around the fountain with our little flames.
Fourth of July, 2012