Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy 4th

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Why I love the 4th of July:

  • My smallish home town has a huge parade. It's the biggest parade in the state, actually. Growing up, we'd go the parade every year, and people walking in the parade would toss out candy to those watching. As a kid, this was almost as good as Halloween! I think they quit doing that (for safety reasons, probably).
  • Art in the Park. Haven't heard of it? I will fill you in later (with pics).
  • Blowing stuff up. It's the most patriotic act of all! Actually I'm not sure where or why the fireworks tradition started, but it's always been a big deal in my area. My home town also did not have fireworks regulations, which made the holiday even more fun. (And probably dangerous... don't worry about it!)
  • The air show. We also used to attend this every year when I was a kid. Planes and jets doing tricks and stunts in the air. What's not to like?
  • The food! Grilled burgers, corn on the cob, sunflower seeds, chips. The 4th of July tastes delicious.
  • Independence seems like a pretty solid concept to celebrate, don't you think?
Did I forget anything? Feel free to add your favorite 4th of July tradition below. Read about other countries' independence days here.


Steph July 5, 2010 at 4:40 PM  

They do still toss out tons of candy at the Mandan 4th of July parade. We got a ton!

Sara @ Russet Street Reno July 5, 2010 at 10:35 PM  

My parent's neighbors lit off some very large professional fireworks in the park behind their house. I seriously thought someone's roof was going to go up in flames! That was about as close to festivities as we came this year, unfortunately.

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