How to Properly Celebrate America: Lessons From Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic

All photos by Kiernan Maletsky
In honor of the Texas hero's 80th Birthday celebration and legendary 4th of July Picnic, we're celebrating Willie Nelson Week here on DC9 at Night. Check back for interviews, retrospectives and more.

Willie Nelson embodies a lot of things that represent the best of our country's ideals. He's a rebellious spirit and a friend to all manner of human beings. He works hard and humbly. He's a black belt and a cowboy. In short, we can think of no better place to celebrate Independence Day than in his company. Here are some patriotism tips we learned yesterday from Willie and his fans.

See also:
-The 20 Best Willie Nelson Songs
-Willie Nelson's Eleven Best Duets
-The IRS Tapes: How Willie Nelson Taught us To Care About Stuff That Matters, Not Money
-How Willie Nelson Won the Lone Star State: Illustrated Map


Wave flags.

Wear flag-inspired clothing...
Seriously, every single possible article of clothing is available in Flag. If it's not directly stars and stripes, at least get the color scheme right. Observe:



..even if you're from another country.
Most of the people pictured in the photo immediately above are from Australia. They're travelling around the country for a while. They arrived at Willie Nelson's Picnic by Googling "Best things to do on the 4th of July in Texas," and Google did not lead them astray.


Drink beer.
Also, give discreet middle fingers whenever possible.

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Willie is an American hero and icon.

Hope he lives to be 200 years old, singin' and playin' the guitar all the while. 

And.... Fuck the IRS!

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