Growing up, I lived a mile away from a park that hosted a festival every 4th of July. Actually, the festival ran for several days, but the fireworks display occurred on the evening of the 4th. We spread blankets out on our front lawn, popped popcorn, invited friends over, lit sparklers, and watched the big show from the comfort of our own home. In the event of inclement weather, we moved the party inside and watched through our big picture-glass window. (I believe we watched from inside in 1976. If I remember correctly, it was in that bicentennial year that the huge fireworks display was immediately followed by a huge thunder and lightening show.)
John's 4th of July celebrations were a bit different, usually involving camping, pop-its and other create-your-own-display fireworks, caramel popcorn, and eating seeded olives and watermelon (in order to spit the seeds at the siblings!)
When we got married, we merged our traditions. We make caramel popcorn (recipe on Monday), light up safe-and-sane fireworks when legal in our neighborhood, and watch professional fireworks displays when we can. When we moved into this house a couple of years ago, the city had their fireworks display at the local park, and we could watch from our backyard. I had waves of nostalgia throughout the whole performance. Unfortunately, the city hasn't hosted a fireworks display there since. Maybe once the economy turns around. . . .
What are your 4th of July or other summer traditions?
|OOH! AHH! Kids captivated by fireworks.|
Thanks for fireworks, especially those that make the huge BOOMs and the "squiggly" sounds!