Tomorrow is the 4th of July, a day for Americans to celebrate their independence as a nation and a people. TrekMovie has some suggestions on how Trekkies can celebrate the holiday, including joining George Takei at a fireworks show, seeing Chris Pine demonstrate democracy, re-enacting "The Omega Glory" and more.
Go to fireworks show narrated by Sulu
[Shoreline Amphitheater – Mountain View, CA]
What is better than a fireworks show for 4th of July? How about a fireworks show with Star Trek music and Mr Sulu? The Radio Disney "23rd Annual 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular" has the San Francisco Symphony doing a "look to the future" playing music from 2001, The Planets, Star Wars and a Star Trek. Star Trek’s George Takei will be narrating. (MORE INFO). Takei has an interview about the event in the SF Chronicle.
Visit Star Trek: The Exhibition
[Detroit Science Center & Philadelphia Franklin Institute]
How about spending the holiday touring the sets, props, costumes and Star Trek memorabilia at one of two science museums hosting Star Trek: The Exhibition. The exhibits and museums show how Star Trek is part of our future and has ties back to NASA and the American space program. Both exhibits run until September, but 4th of July weekend is as good a time as any to check them out. (MORE INFO). As an added bonus, the Detroit Science Center is still showing the new Star Trek movie in IMAX (four showings on July 4th).
Watch "Omega Glory" Remastered
[airing in Syndication – check local listings]
This weekend Star Trek Remastered, which is in national broadcast syndication, is airing the most American patriotic episode of the series, "The Omega Glory". Watch Kirk and crew get embroiled in a war between the Yangs and Kohms (thinly veiled stand ins for the cold war fight between America and the West vs. the and Communists of the East). Here is a preview.
Re-enact Kirk’s speech from "Omega Glory"
[place of your own choosing]
One of the patriotic highlights of "Omega Glory" is a speech given by Kirk at the end where he quotes from the preamble of the U.S. Constitution. It is a classic Kirk scene that can fill you with patriotic feelings, which can only be better if you recreated the scene yourself. Here is classic episode of his "Kirk Korner" where our friend Daren Dochterman shows you how it is done:
See new Captain Kirk demonstrate American democracy in action
[Geffen Playhouse – Los Angeles, CA]
Star Trek’s new Kirk is appearing in the play "Farragut North", but instead of being about Kirk’s first posting on the USS Farragut, it is actually about presidential politics during an election campaign. Chris Pine plays an up and coming genius communications strategist for a presidential candidate during the Iowa Caucus. Go see the new Kirk show how democracy really works. There are four showings this weekend. (MORE INFO). Here is video of Chris talking about the play, with some video of the play itself.
Go to a space Bar-B-Q
[space – or near you]
Nothing says 4th of July more than a cookout, with friends, family and lots of food. How about creating a Star Trek themed Bar-B-Q. The folks of the USS Challenger fan club are holding one in Ortley Beach, NJ, but if you aren’t near that one, make your own. Last year the folks at CBS showed us what a 4th of July meal might be like in the 23rd century.
Go see the new Star Trek movie…again
[at a theater nearish you]
Yes the Star Trek movie was released two months ago, but it is still on over 1,000 screens in America. If you don’t live in a big city you may have a bit of traveling. The movie is $2M away from breaking the $1/4 Billion barrier domestically, so do you patriotic duty and help put it over the top this weekend! You can find a theater playing the film at the official site or at Yahoo movies. The film is also still playing at a handful of IMAX theaters, mostly in museums, more info at IMAX.com. Star Trek tells the story of a boy from Iowa who lost his way, only to grow to become the the captain of a ship and save the world…essentially the embodiment of the American dream. Here that boy gets set on the right path by Captain Christopher (Uncle Sam, "I want you…") Pike.
Whatever you do for your 4th of July, TrekMovie hopes you have a happy and safe independence day!
A special note for our Canadian friends for a belated ‘Canada Day’
Wednesday was Canada Day, which is the day Canadians celebrate the formation of Canada as a single country. So a big (belated) happy birthday to Canada from TrekMovie (and check out our list of Canada’s contribution to Star Trek from last year). Of course Canada’s biggest contribution was none other than William Shatner himself. Once again, here he is talking about his Canadian pride.
And for everyone else in the world, well just enjoy another summer weekend!