4th of July Memories
Fourth of July. Independence Day. Just saying the words conjures up so many images. Our Flag. Stars and Stripes. The battle for our freedom. Fireworks. Family. Picnics. Even hot dogs.
Let me take you back. Let’s remember when we were kids. What memories do you have of the 4th of July? What did it mean to you?
It’s time to make some memories, new ones and maybe even resurrect some old ones, too.
4th of July Memories
School’s out! What better way to celebrate summertime than to BBQ for family and friends, run around the yard enjoying the weather with the sprinkler on, and waiting for darkness to arrive so you can watch that fabulous firework display!
Sparklers offer so much fun. For the young, they can be a little scary making you cringe and hold on to mom or dad. Older kids spin around with sparklers in both hands moving them in circles and zig zags to see the light and smoke follow.
And, did you ever hear mom or dad (or anyone for that matter) tell you to be careful with the fireworks and “don’t blow your hand off”?
What were your favorite firecrackers? Bottle rockets? Smoke bombs? Exploding tanks? Maybe you just lit a package of fireworks and let them go, popping one after the other.
Red, white and blue … anything, but especially the food and decorations. Blueberries. Strawberries. Whipped topping. Colored jello. Patriotic sprinkles. Stars and stripes banners. Red, white and blue streamers.
Hot dogs and apple pie, two picnic staples for the holiday! Of course, don’t forget how we used to roast hot dogs and marshmallows over the bonfire. How many of you used a hangar or stick?
Since about 1984, who doesn’t include Proud to be an American by Lee Greenwood in their 4th of July celebrations? I can just see all the kids standing with their hand over their heart singing (sometimes yelling!) this song.
4th of July memories … spending time with the family, having fun at a backyard BBQ, watching the fireworks explode in the sky … celebrating our nation’s independence.
4th of July Quotes
I’m going to wrap this blog of memories up with a few quotes, starting with one from Erma Bombeck who really nailed the holiday’s sentiment.
You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4th, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.
– Erma Bombeck
“America’s a family. We all yell at each other, and it all works out.”
– Louis C.K.
“The United States is the only country with a known birthday.”
– James G. Blaine
“One flag, one land, one heart, one hand, one nation forever more!”
– Oliver Wendell Holmes
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