This Monday if the 4th of July, where did the time go? Summer already seems to be flying by so I am hoping to slow it down and enjoy all of my favorite things about the season.
The 4th of July is one of the holidays that I have the fondest memories of. For many reasons but mainly because it was always about family. From the time I was little wherever we lived we would decorate our bikes or wagons, take in the local parade, go to a bbq with my aunts and uncles or go to our lake house and swim, waterski and just enjoy one anthers company.
|A small sampling of people waiting for the fireworks|
When we were visiting Milwaukee and then later when we actually moved there we always went to the 3rd of July fireworks, yes, the 3rd of July. The city of Milwaukee decided long ago to have their show on the 3rd and then let the surrounding cities have their displays on the 4th.
My grandparents lived in Milwaukee and every year we would pack up our blankets, picnic baskets and chairs and we would walk to the fireworks. We picnicked , visited, and ate tasty treats along with hundred of thousands of other people and then at 9 or something around that time the show would begin.
We would sit transfixed oohing and ahing and shouting out our favorites and then when it was over pack up and head home for a little sleep before the festivities the next day.
My grandmother and my mother are very creative and we always had beautiful bikes and wagons and costumes to attend the local park festivities, and the parade. My sister often won prizes for best bike, so that made the morning all the more special. That and the copious amount of ice cream we consumed before lunch.
|Trader Joes Cookie Ice Cream|
Later in the day we either had bbq’s or we went to family parties to swim, frolic with the cousins and eat more food. When you come from a family of 9 aunts and uncles there is always lots of cousins to play with and oodles of scrumptious food, especially sweets.
|Bacon Brats Beter Homes and Gardens|
I miss those holidays now that I live across the country but every 4th when we are not together I make sure to take a minute to reflect back on the blessings of my family and all of the funs we had together. Its funny because any holiday that I am not with the family my husband claims puts me in a melancholy mood.
|Whisky Barrel Burgers|
This year I will not be celebrating the holiday with my family in the Midwest but I will be counting the days until our family reunion late in the summer!
Do you have any 4th of July memories that are special to you and your family? Are there activities or certain foods that transport you back to those special times? I would love to hear about them and thank you for letting me reminisce about mine.
Have a great day!