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Independence Day 

When: Thu., July 4, 5 p.m. 2013
Price: Free
www.csphilharmonic.org/summer/independence

The fact that we associate the "1812 Overture" with the birth of the United States reminds me of a Louis C.K. bit about early settlers encountering Native Americans. "When we came to America it was so nice: It was just Indians — and they weren't even Indians," he jokes. "We called them that by accident, and we still call them that. Like, we knew in a month that it wasn't India, but we just don't give a shit." So at 7:30 tonight, while you're at Memorial Park (1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave., csphilharmonic.org) watching fireworks, and listening to the Colorado Springs Philharmonic get its Tchaikovsky on, thank Napoleon for invading Russia 36 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. — Bryce Crawford

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