Believe it or not, I did not watch fireworks last night. In fact, I haven't really seen any since we went to DC and saw fireworks while we sat at the National Mall. Nothing can compare to this sight:
That 4th of July stands out in my mind for obvious reasons. Another 4th that stands out in my mind is one that we spent with my in-laws. OS must have been 2, and we went down to their house to spend some time at the beach. We went to the Army Post where my FIL was stationed for the fireworks. There was just something really emotional to be surrounded by men and women who love this country so much that they would be willing to give their life so that we can continue to enjoy the freedoms we have.
Our small town used to have "Freedomfest" (but it wasn't held on the 4th...it was held the weekend before), and it actually grew to be fairly large. It became more of a festival feel (thus the "fest"!) with a lot of different booths around the park, and the swimming pool in the middle of the activities. A radio station from the big city would come and give stuff away. Streets around the schools & swimming pool were blocked off. (Fortunately we live close enough that we could walk down and enjoy the festivities.) The night ended with the fireworks being shot over the duck pond. This was the biggest 4th festival in our county, so there were thousands of people who came. Some people even came from other counties to celebrate with us. But, due to the economy, Freedomfest was put on hold last year. This year: no Freedomfest either. There are just too many other things that need the money more...like the schools.
One of my brothers and his wife usually invite the family over for swimming and a day of talking, laughing, and enjoying each other. Last year they went to see their oldest son & his wife instead, so the 4th was extremely quiet around here. This year, the celebration was revived! What a great day we had! It was hot, but a little overcast. It was so much fun being in the pool with nephews, nieces, siblings, and their grandchildren. There may have been one or two squirt gun fights. And, somebody may have been squirted by somebody's grandson (at Grams urging) when all she had was a little bitty squirt toy. You use what you've got, right?
I took some pictures, but, since I don't know if my siblings want their picture to be on my blog, I'm not going to post those. Well, except for this one:
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I have to show you this video from yesterday. My brother has 2 dogs, Joey & Chandler (from Friends, get it?) who are hoots! If you squirt Joey with the water gun, he'll try to eat the water and growl. Here's a clip of one of my nephews squirting him:
Hope everyone had a safe and happy 4th!