It was marred, however, by one disappointing experience and observation. Before the show began I made my way to the nearest portable “potty,” only to be turned away by a security guard who told me these were reserved for the VIPs. Looking around I saw fencing and tents that separated the VIPs from everyone else. I found this arrangement ironic on Independence day, when we celebrate freedom from the tyranny of the king, and to proclaim that all men are created equal.
I have no problem with people of like minds and interests cloistering themselves together at appropriate times and places. I do find it regrettable when this exclusive segregation occurs at public events. I hope that in the future the VIPs will take this opportunity to mingle with us commoners.
By the way, I made it to the alternative portable toilet at the opposite end of the grounds – just in time.