It seems that in the business of this modern era, that Independence Day, the Fourth of July, has become a holiday to celebrate fishing, rapid combustion of gunpowder, and the absence of mandatory work. Let's take a day or two to study the country we're in, and realize that life ain't so bad after all.
Construct a large model of the Lincoln Memorial. Build an intricate battle diorama of Bunker Hill. Make a miniature of Columbus' three ships coming into the San Salvidor harbor. Create a life-sized apple pie!
Build anything you want, from 1492 to 2009 (nothing futuristic please) that is distinctly American. Depending on how many contestants become involved, we might judge by rounds of elimination. Up to three entries are welcome, in categories of Structures, (like the Grand Coulee Dam), Events, (like the Chicago Cubs losing another baseball game) and Miscellaneous, (like a red, white, and blue Model T). I think the judging categories will be Realism, Patriotic Value (or some other cool catch phrase) and Extra Points. The judges will decide how to award extra points.