I have lots of great memories about the fourth of July beginning when I was a kid. I remember having sparklers in the front yard. One Fourth of July, I organized all the neighborhood children and we decorated our bikes, trikes, and wagons and dressed in red, white and blue and paraded all around, up and down the streets. A reporter came and took our picture and our little parade made the newspaper. I grew up in Los Angeles, but I don't remember any other Fourth of July parades during that time period.
When I had my own family and we lived in Oxnard, a huge fireworks display went on at the beach. We only lived a mile away and the best place to view it was ontop of our patio roof. All the kids and hubby climbed up, when it was my turn, I just couldn't get myself up there. I hadn't realized how bad my fear of heights was until that moment. I placed a chair in the backyard and still got to see most of the fireworks, just not as great a view as what the rest of the family did.
We now live in the foothlls where fireworks are forbidden--too easy to start a fire. We used to head down the hill to Porterville and watch the fireworks at the football stadium. Now we just stay home and sometimes watch on TV.
What does still happen though, is hubby always flies our flag on every Fourth of July, and much of the rest of the time too.
And I must add, that my second daughter, Lisa, was born on July 3rd at the Port Hueneme Naval Dispensary. (It wasn't even a hospital.) Sometimes we celebrate Lisa's birth on the Fourth.I wrote about her and her birthday on my personal blog. http://marilynmeredith.blogspot.com/
What do you do on the Fourth of July?