We have celebrated the 4th of July the same way for almost 20 years now. The A's & B's travel down from the valley to spend their vacation with us. On the morning of the 4th we wake up to streets lined with little flags that a local real estate agency sponsors...it looks wonderful. My parents usually show up before the Chamber breakfast and grab anyone who wants to head over with them.
Throughout the morning more people show up. There's the M's and this year we will also enjoy the H's. Always my sister and her family and my brother with his. Everyone calls our house home base as they head to the park (which is right behind our house) for our patriotic celebration. There are food and craft booths, kids games, a hay maze, a country music 'headliner' interspersed with local performers, all spread the length of our lovely park with it's creek running through the middle.
Park activities end at 3:00 so everyone drags their chairs and picnic quilts to our backyard and we fire up the BBQs. After dinner we set off fireworks in the street, eating our pie and ice cream until we hear the big display being shot off the butte. Now we grab those same mobile chairs and blankets and shift to the front yard where we line up to enjoy the production. When all is through, everyone is blissfully exhausted. Sleepy children are bundled into cars for long rides home. Larry and I usually do a quick spruce up on the yards and enjoy the quiet nighttime stars for a short while before calling it quits.
It's really a wonderful evening and the more the merrier. So, consider yourself officially invited for next year. You don't have to call ahead, just show up with a side salad and we're good to go!