The town that I grew up in had an amazing celebration for this holiday...in fact it still does. It's usually a festival that lasts at least three days. Of course it starts with a parade! And ends with fireworks!
There are rides and games and a pancake breakfast and bingo and everyone is there! And as we grew up and went away to college...we still met friends there over the years. You just knew that people made it a point to be there for July 4th.
My dad loved this holiday and spent the day cooking and prepping the back yard and getting ready for his own fireworks display. There was a refrigerator in his garage that was stocked with fireworks. My mom hated it...my dad could not wait to set them off. And every year his stash would get bigger and louder.
When we were all home for that holiday and he had my brothers and Dennis to "assist" the smoke was so thick we could barely see. And every single year my dad bought sparklers for me...they remain to this day my favorite July 4th tradition. I still remember the pinches of pain from the sparks on my arms...which brings me to this...found on Pinterest...a safe way to hold sparklers.
So...in our little family for tomorrow...we have flags out and our menu is set and we are going to set up our kiddie pool by the hammock by the pond and grill and have root beer floats and maybe light a sparkler or two!
I want to set up croquet but it's too too hot!
I think I will always love the Fourth Of July!
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