My idea of how to celebrate the 4th of July has changed throughout the years. Where I grew up it meant a small town parade followed by an afternoon picnic with my extended family, playing bingo, a watermelon seed spitting contest, and laying in the cornfield watching the fireworks explode over the lake.
This year I celebrated 4th of July a little differently, as I rode in the Independence Day Parade here in our Nation’s capital, helped out all day with the recycling program, encouraging people to keep the park clean, and ended the day watching a huge display of fireworks explode over the National Mall. I had a great day with friends and coworkers that, although different, was a great way to celebrate the day. It is sure a site to see the Nation’s capital on the 4th of July! I think I may be seeing red, white, and blue in my sleep 🙂
It was moving to see so many people enjoying their national parks and gathering in “America’s frontyard” for a truly monumental experience. Happy 239th Birthday America!