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GLENN: This weekend I’m having our annual Fourth of July picnic at my house and we invite friends and then all of the, you know, all of the staff members. We have kind of a company picnic on Fourth of July. Fourth of July in my family’s always been an important day. This year and really the inspiration for this was my neighbors who have called the I’m not kidding you have called the police because there was a plastic grocery bag in their yard and they claimed to the police that we were throwing the plastic grocery bag into their yard.
STU: Who calls the police over a bag?
GLENN: I have no idea. Our crazy neighbors. And, you know, they didn’t even I mean, the police are like, "Did you throw the bag?" I just looked at her like, are you out of your mind? Yeah, that’s the thing I have to do in my spare time is go and throw a plastic grocery bag into their yard. Yeah, that’s what I’m doing, yes, yes.
STU: That’s just such a motivator to just, one day they wake up and their entire lawn is plastic bags.
GLENN: It has occurred to me. Don’t get me wrong, officer, it has occurred to me, but it wouldn’t be let me confess. I did think about and I really did think about planting bamboo in my backyard because you can’t stop bamboo. And it would be tragic if they had a huge bamboo problem, but it would have taken me seven years to get the laughs and I’m like, "Seven years, I might be dead. I want to enjoy this. Let me go get a plastic grocery bag."
So anyway, the genesis of this idea was I just wanted people with very loud guns in my backyard at some point just firing in their general direction. And I’m just being real honest with you. So I had to I started there and then I back tracked, "Okay, how could I get a lot of guns in my backyard legally to be firing." And then I thought, 21 gun salute. How could I get a 21 gun salute? I know. Retire a flag. Now, I collect flags and a lot of my collection is just the flags that we fly in our flagpole and they just get really weathered fast. I don’t ever remember changing flags. We had a flagpole growing up and I don’t ever remember getting a new flag, but we had to have because I’m they’re horrible. Within like eight months they are frayed and they look bad and, you know, the colors are faded, and I hate that. We tried to make it the entire year with this flag and then what I do is I’ve been folding them up and then putting them in a drawer and I’m like, I’m not going to burn this. How do you even burn it? Looked it up. Luckily I have because I’ve made good friends with the police because they’re over at my house all the time it seems. But I made good friends with the police, and there is a police, I don’t know, squadron or whatever it is that does this for the state. And so I promised them sandwiches and cookies and they’re coming over to my house this Saturday and I think we’re having the only Fourth of July party well, A, you know, before the Fourth of July, but the only Fourth of July party in the country where we’re burning the flag.
STU: Glenn Beck celebrating the Fourth of July by burning flags.
GLENN: By burning flags. But it’s like, it’s a huge process. They’re over at my house this morning practicing, rehearsing. We have to build like this little fire pit thing. It has to be a certain size. The fire has to be a certain size. It has to be a certain heat and there can be no flames. It just has to be really hot coals. So it has to burn down. It has to be on wood, and you fold the flag in a certain way so it’s only the star field showing and then you have to lay it down onto the wood where it’s just embers, and it burns. It’s an amazing thing and so I mean, I have to think of something unique to do because nobody wants to come to my parties. They’re like, oh, jeez, what is he doing?
STU: So you are like, you know how I can get people to come. I can just burn the flag.
GLENN: I just burn the flag and all my friends will but we sent out an invitation. Did you read the invitation?
STU: I never got one, but thank you.
GLENN: Oh, yeah, that’s right. You are not coming. But I wrote an invitation that talks about, you know, the meaning of the flag and that this one has served our family for a year and it’s time to retire it and so we’ll be and we have to bury it afterwards, but we have a 21 gun salute which, I’m thinking maybe 42. I’m thinking a 42 gun salute. I’m just saying. And then we have a couple of people playing Taps and then after it burns, we shovel it into the ground, which you’ll be doing, Stu.
STU: I didn’t get an invitation.
GLENN: I know. Because you’re going to be there with the shovel.
STU: I’m going to shovel after everyone leaves.
STU: Sounds good. I think it’s actually really interesting.
GLENN: I can’t tell you how many people have RSVPed and everybody asks, can I bring my old flag? Because everybody has an old flag and don’t know what to do with it.
STU: I think it’s very possible I’m the big idiot here, but it seems so against what should happen. Like because they were talking about a flag burning amendment.
GLENN: I know.
STU: And now
GLENN: No, you’ve got to do it the right way. I mean, there’s ways you are supposed to do it and it’s very complex but there’s ways you’re supposed to do it. And then it is really, it should be very stirring and very moving. I will tell you this, and I can’t go into details, but at the Stadium of Fire this year during the fireworks show I’m trying to think how I can say, what I can say they have been rehearsing and it is going to be something that will be absolutely breathtaking. The Stadium of Fire is in Provo, Utah, and it’s the big stadium there and there’s 70,000 people that go and I host it, and it’s the biggest stadium fireworks show in the country for Fourth of July. The Jonas Brothers are there, and this fireworks show is like 40, 45 minutes, something like that. It’s crazy. But they are doing something at the end that you will, I promise you, have never seen before. And it be stunning, absolutely stunning.
STU: The new Jonas Brothers single?
GLENN: No. They won’t be playing at that time, but it will be stunning. Anyway, so
STU: This is big. I’m very excited for this party.
GLENN: Make sure oh, yeah. Nobody ever everybody always comes to my parties going, oh, jeez. Okay, now listen, listen. Your mother is in the hospital. Remember, she’s in the hospital… "She’s not in the hospital." She’s in the hospital. We just say hi and we get the hell out of there.
STU: Your party is actually the only thing that reminds me of Fourth of July anymore. Like I Fourth of July always seemed to me as a summer thing. Like you do bring the patriotism back to the Fourth of July.
GLENN: Oh, we have a gigantic flag that we had on tour that is what? What is that? 100 feet? 75 feet? Something. I don’t remember. It’s just gigantic. And last year we hung it between two trees in our backyard, mainly just to make sure that the neighbors couldn’t see in because we were getting together with all of our plastic bags to throw them into their backyard.