03 July 2012

4th Of July

Posted By Happy Homemaker UK

My favorite holiday of the year is 
the 4th Of July

No longer a celebration of gaining independence from England
(parts of the US belonged to France, Spain and Russia as well)
this hot summer bank holiday is welcomed by all

People decked out in red, white, and blue
this is the most patriotic American holiday

It is a time to get together with friends and family around the barbecue
eating hot dogs, hamburgers, potato chips, potato salad, 
coleslaw, watermelon, and popsicles
Many will go to a pool, lake, or ocean to celebrate and stay cool

Most towns hold a 4th Of July parade during the day
which may feature local children on decorated tricycles and local soldiers

The warm night ends with fireworks often provided by the local town
(fire bans make fireworks illegal in some states due to risk of wildfires)

It also marks the middle of summer,
as most children have been out of school since early June
and will return again in August

Happy 4th of July!

- all photos by me -


Pom Pom said...

Hi Laura!
Yes, the neighborhood workers have already placed the flags in every neighborhood yard! Hooray for the flag!

TexWisGirl said...

Love the tractor parade. :)

Melanie said...

Happy 4th to you from Washington State! Most years I love to head back to my VERY small hometown in Oregon for a parade followed by all kinds of fun stuff in the city park including logging shows and competitions (only in Oregon, ha!) and then an impressive fireworks display at dusk. Nobody does it up better than Clatskanie and its 2000 residents. :) This is my first comment but I've been reading for a while. Thanks for your awesome blog!

the cuby poet said...

Oh how I am worried for you celebrating in England under leaden grey skies avoiding the raindrops............well any how hope you had a good day regardless of the weather. :)

Kris said...

Hi Laura, Happy 4th to you too! How will you be celebrating with your family? Too bad for all this dreadful rain! We plan to have a bbq with a group of American friends from church, but looks like we are going to be rained out :( My family in Utah are not allowed to shoot off fireworks, as there are already so many wildfires burning there at the moment.

Lx @ Twelve said...

And a Very Happy 4th of July to you too....

jane said...

Happy 4th to you too. And thanks for stopping by laura. :)
P.S. i have a feeling the 4th is going to be pretty uneventful in Spain. ;)

greenthumb said...

Hope you had a good one and did some celebrating.

Gesci said...

Happy 4th, Laura! I've linked your Union Jack post in my "Happy Dependence Day" post I did today- I love it!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Thanks for commenting and for enjoying my blog :) Great to have you here!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Worry not, we're in the US to see family :) - And for the 4th - ;)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

So sorry to hear about the rain - the 4th and rain are not a good mix! I hope you have a wonderful celebration nonetheless :)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Awesome! Thank you for the shout-out. Off to check it out :)

Barbara said...

Happy Fourth of July! Each year I spend abroad makes me miss the 4th that much more!

Cupcake Crazy Gem said...

Happy 4th of July! Unfortunately the hot sunny part doesn't apply today :( boooo to England!

jus said...

Kia Ora, Nice to meet you and thank you so much for your lovely comment! I am a huge fan of National holidays, public holidays, days off on your birthday , mental health days... any day that means I don't have to get the bus to work really but the 4th of July is such an exuberant day off... Enjoy! jusx

Romy said...

Hope you had a wonderful celebration - it's just another day of the year way down here in Hobart...in the middle of winter....brrr! Even though we borrow so much culturally from the US the 4th of July celebration just doesn't register...which is a shame as it sounds idyllic! Rx
PS thanks so much for joining my blog, it is so nice to unexpectedly discover new connections!

Mandi @ Southern Gnome said...

I love, love, love the 4th of July holiday too. My son is a huge fan of the parades with a ton of firetrucks. Too bad ours didn't include any tractors or heavy machinery, too. He would have been stoked for that. Hope you had a great 4th.