We just enjoyed our Fourth of July celebration for another year. It’s the day Americans observe our independence from Great Britain – a bit of a reverse Brexit? 😉 On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and on July 4th adopted the Declaration of Independence. I read that through the summer, some held held mock funerals for King George III symbolizing the triumph of liberty – not very nice! 🙂 John Adams (later to become second president of the U.S.) wrote to his wife that July 2nd “will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival” and that the celebration should include “Pomp and Parade…Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other.” He was right, but it ended up being on July 4th, which apparently annoyed him greatly 🙂
Across the country, parades and fireworks abound. Here’s a photo of our local parade, which we always took the kids to when they were younger.
One of the biggest fireworks displays in the country, Red, White, and Boom, is right here where I live. This year, over 400,000 people came to see the 48,780 pounds of fireworks that were set off. It’s pretty incredible!
Then there are local fireworks at various suburbs. Ours always has a concert beforehand, usually featuring bands that were popular back in the day. A couple years ago, Smokey Robinson was here, and just as great as ever, and more recently, Earth, Wind and Fire were fabulous, too. I can’t find my photos of those, which really annoys me! But here’s a photo of the grand finale through the trees, which is how we watched them this year.
We’ve had a July 4th cookout all 25 years of our marriage. It’s changed as time has gone by and babies were born, then grew into big kids and now adults. We’ve lost some of the older generation, and when I look at photos of 25 years of parties, they’re poignant snapshots of the phases of our friends and family’s lives.
Here are a couple pictures from back in the day that I believe I’ve shared before. All the kids are now in high school, college and beyond. One of these days, we’ll have new little ones on the rafts!
This year’s party was threatened by a forecast of serious thunderstorms, but thankfully we got just a few sprinkles – whew! Here are photos of the calm before the crowd arrived, as we were all set up to go.
Here’s my son adding charcoal to the chickens on the spit. The grill got quite a workout – after the chickens came off, the burgers, hot dogs and corn got their turns. Yum!
And a few hitting the potluck buffet brought by everyone – let me say, there’s always plenty of great food!
I’d like to hear about your celebrations! What you do to celebrate the Fourth of July, or what other events do you enjoy that might involve cookouts and fireworks and fun?
I shared my June release before, but I’m showing it again because it’s part of the Hollywood Hills Clinic continuity. You saw from Amy’s post that the final two books, by Amalie Berlin and Tina Beckett, are out this month. I’m so happy to have been a part of such a great series, and can’t wait to read the last two! 🙂