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Happy Birthday, America!

Posted by on Jul. 4, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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When I was kid, I remember going to see the fireworks. There's a big city park in my town, and every year people start setting up tents and canopies at 7 a.m. By noon, the entire park is wall to wall people, and it only gets more and more crowded as the day goes on. By the time the fireworks happen, the streets that surround the park are closed and completely crammed full of pedestrians, virtually shoulder to shoulder. If you are in a car in the vicinity during that fifteen minute show, put your brake on and enjoy it, for you aren't going anywhere.

Once, my mom and dad didn't want to go all the way to the city park - because, if you did, you were guaranteed to be there for hours - and we went to a nearby shopping center. My parents let us climb onto the hood of the van, and then we were, for a brief, exciting moment - allowed to climb on the roof to watch the show.

It was magical and amazing and we felt like the biggest stars that weren't already in the sky. And then I scraped my back on the car door when I got down of the roof and got yelled at by my dad. Not such a magical moment then.

Now that I have children, I'm not a big fan of fireworks, but I know how much my kids love them, and so we go every year. We are lucky enough to live within walking distance from that same city park, and so we pack up and walk over. We skipped a couple of years when babies were just too small, but now we all go without fail. I try to see it through their eyes - fireworks really are kind of cool. I try to make memories for them - maybe we will get firecracker popsicles, or bring popcorn in baggies to enjoy during the show. We will probably forget the bug spray and slap at mosquitos, and someone will inevitablly spill their water bottle.

Good times like these make amazing memories for all of us.

What will you do for the Fourth of July festivities? How will you create lasting memories for your children?


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by on Jul. 4, 2012 at 10:51 AM
We go every year to watch the fireworks then take the kids to the carnival and let them ride then get carnival food which is awesome and come home to next yr and do it all over again

Happy 4th everyone
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by on Jul. 4, 2012 at 11:01 AM
We go to the same beach i did as a child. We have a cookout with family and friends..enjoy the day and then watch fireworks :)
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by on Jul. 4, 2012 at 2:23 PM
I wish we got to do fireworks this year but they are banned where i live because of the drought...sad face...
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by on Jul. 4, 2012 at 3:50 PM

We are going to try and go out to the bluff. From there we will be able to see at least 4 towns fireworks show. Then we will come home and fire off our own.

by on Jul. 5, 2012 at 8:10 AM

we went to wonderful fireworks, spent time with friends and went to the town parade. the kids had a great time :) holidays like this are what i remember most from my childhood and i hope they feel the same when they are older...

by on Jul. 5, 2012 at 8:37 AM

We usually go to a symphony concert in the park, followed by fireworks, but since dh had surgery a week ago, didn't go this year. But the subdivision across from us had a display, and we did watch that from our yard.

by on Jul. 5, 2012 at 8:38 AM

We stopped going to fireworks. The kids didn't like the noise, and then when other young people started going through the onlookers and tossing caps at them, that was it for us.

by on Jul. 5, 2012 at 8:44 AM

We went to a friends, had cook out, pool party are fireworks.

by on Jul. 5, 2012 at 9:22 AM

My dd was with her dad and they went to a parade and fireworks. My dh and I spent the day at home.

by on Jul. 5, 2012 at 9:28 AM

We had a fish fry. Of course fireworks too.

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