Friday, July 4, 2008
Happy 4th of July!!!
4th of July! It's here! First, we must take time to reflect on the freedoms and luxuries we enjoy every day in this great country of ours! Is it any wonder that the USA is hated by so many foreign countries? I thank God every day that I live in such a wonderful land! Skip over to Old Lady Lincoln's blog and read her post "From Jay Leno." You'll be glad you did.
Do you remember, as a kid, waiting for the 4th of July? I do, as we were always anxious to see the fireworks! Plus, we used to go to Florida every winter and bring back firecrackers, which we could not buy in our own state of PA. I remember going down the road 5 miles to where the local fireworks were held each year and meeting up with friends and just walking around. Back in those days, parents didn't have to worry about someone abducting their kids, as they do in today's world.
People would sit on the hoods, and even the roofs, of their cars to watch the fireworks display. I remember they always started at 10pm. Dad would lock up the hotel and bar, and off we'd go down the narrow country road to the big field where the fireworks took place! We'd always have a carload of kids from our little neighborhood. Oh, what fun it was!
I don't remember any 4th of July picnics as a child, though, as my parents had a business to run that was open to the public, so the 4th of July was a big weekend for campers to come in from the cities downstate for their summer vacations. I knew the kids from the cities, and it was always such fun to see them each year. With or without a picnic, as kids, we still had fun, and those memories remain with me to this day.
My daughter is having a cookout today at her home, so that's where I am going. Wishing you all a happy and fun day with your family and friends, too!