When I was growing up, we had a special set of traditions we did every year on the 4th of July. It was always fun having a day to look forward to every year that I knew would be filled with family and lots of fun!
In the morning, my dad would hang a huge American flag off the front of our house. We didn’t have a flagpole, so he hung it vertically off the Christmas light hooks on our house.
Then we’d leave for the parade. We picked up my grandma who had prime 4th of July real-estate. She lived just down the road from the parade, so we’d park at her house and walk down to watch the parade together.
In the evening we’d head back over to my grandma’s house a few hours before the fireworks started. Remember how I said she had prime 4th of July real-estate? Well, the fireworks were set off in the park right by her house, so when it got dark, we’d set our lawn chairs out in the road in front of her house and watch the show! We just had to make sure we got there before the firetruck blocked the road! 😉
It was always so fun being able to watch the fireworks from such a great view! Until the tree in front of her house got bigger … then we had to move our chairs farther into the road!
After the fireworks, we still had one more thing to do to complete the day. We headed over to my cousin’s house a few miles away to celebrate his birthday with our own store-bought fireworks and sparklers.
There may have even been an incident one year involving a police car and a smoke bomb, but we won’t get into that right now!
The 4th has always held such a special place in my heart because it was always a fun day spent with family.
Now that I have kids of my own, we’ve moved across the state, and my grandma has passed away, we don’t really have any traditions as a family. Plus, my husband works almost every July 4th, so it’s hard to plan things we can do every year. But we definitely do our best to find a parade somewhere and fireworks to watch. I don’t ever feel like the 4th is complete with out those two events!
Do you have any special Independence Day traditions?
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