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Independence Day Is Cigar Day  

Tomorrow is July 4, and I’m looking forward to it as always. My wife and young boy will be celebrating with friends at a cookout, and I can guarantee you that the day and night will include a bunch of great cigars.

Independence Day brings back fond memories of cookouts at friend’s houses, hot summer nights that always ended in the dead-end street where we took our spots to watch as the adults put down empty Michelob bottles and stuck in the wooden ends of bottle rockets, torching the fuses with lit cigarettes. We’d sit back and watch, ooh and ah at the homemade fireworks show, and chug a few too many sodas as our parents had a few too many beers. All the while the sweet smell of burning tobacco and spent fireworks seasoned the air, and every now and then we’d watch as someone walked out into the makeshift theater and laid out a new firework. When that person would run for the hills at full speed we knew it was going to be something big, and we held our ears accordingly.

So for those of you celebrating the Fourth, enjoy the day off with a few grand libations, char some meat on the grill and smoke a great cigar while you enjoy the fireworks. Happy Independence Day.

Barry Kamen NY July 4, 2007 8:38am ET
Every July 4th since 1998 I have enjoyed an afternoon smoke, a Hemingway Masterpiece Maduro. Back in 1998 I was able to procure several boxes of these long dark smokes. I gave one box to a friend when he requested them for a wedding and I have smoked one box (they are boxes of 10). The one box that I have left is well aged and just covered with bloom. The dark brown, almost black wrappers really highlight that white salty appearence.. Enjoy the day Dave.
DAVE Savona July 4, 2007 7:37pm ET
Hemingway Masterpiece Maduros? Don't see those very often. Nice purchase Doc.This turned into quite the cigar day: new Cabaiguan Guapo on the golf course (story in next Cigar Insider) plus a Litto Gomez special, followed by an Oliva Serie V and a Padron Anniversary A at the barbecue.
Jose Blanco July 5, 2007 10:04am ET
July 4th is a great day to smoke a cigar because its all about freedom,but do cigar smokers have it, I say no, I hope we are still allowed to smoke next year.
Matthew Caruso Jersey July 6, 2007 11:16am ET
What did you think of the Oliva Serie V, Dave? I am actually going to see a few of the Oliva people next thursday at Fume in Montclair and wanted your take, just for my knowledge.
DAVE Savona New York July 6, 2007 12:05pm ET
That's a good point Jose.

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