First it was the Ypsilanti Schools refusing to march in the parade with an American Flag, except for West Middle School.

Now the American Legion and the Ypsilanti Jaycees saw fit to have the Ypsilanti 4th of July Parade not on the 4th of July, when you sort of expect it.

Oh no, they decided it would be better to have it on Saturday, July 3rd. They claim some sort of folderol about it colliding with church service on Sunday.

Oh good grief, now we have the separation of church and state for our national holiday.

The Tatt loves an Ypsilanti parade, especially the 4th of July now that it comes right by the Water Tower.

The Ypsilanti 4th of July Parade is in its 81st year and is the second oldest 4th of July Parade in Michigan. This is not the 3rd of July Parade.

Our nations bicentennial, July 4th, 1976 fell on a Sunday. The Tatt can remember taking her brood downtown to watch the parade on a Sunday.

The original 4th of July, it was a Thursday.

The well-intentioned people at the American Legion and the Ypsilanti Jaycees should be required to return on Sunday, July 4th and personally apologize to anyone that shows up with chairs, blankets, and flags to watch the parade, only to find out, “You missed the 4th of July parade, you guys should have been here yesterday.”

The Tatt is sleeping in on the 3rd. If you honk real loud as you go by the Water Tower, she may wave a wing from the porthole, but don’t count on it. The parade will only piss off Miss Tatt further as most of the school bands will probably ‘forget’ to carry the Stars and Stripes in the Parade again.

Thank God the Peoples Republic of Ann Arbor got it right, their 4th of July Parade is on the 4th of July starting at 11am. Imagine that.

Ann Arbor’s parade is normally 9am and Ypsi’s is 11am so the local politicos can make both parades. Don’t expect Ann Arbor to move their parade back to 9am next year since they now have the coveted 11am time slot. So Ypsi loses twice. Brilliant!