I love the 4th of July holiday! It's always a fun day that we spend with our family and friends keeping traditions and making memories!
Our local library always sponsors a 4th of July Parade for the kids the Thursday before the holiday. This year it was raining, but we participated anyway. The parade started at the library, we walked down main street, and ended at the park. We had a police escort and a handful of spectators. All of the kids were dressed in their patriotic attire and rode their decorated bikes, scooters, strollers, etc. Once we got to the park the kids had a great time eating watermelon and playing together on the playground.
On the actual 4th, we always go to Grams and Pop O's house to swim and enjoy lunch with friends and family. This year Mackaylan helped me make a patriotic dessert and punch. She is really getting into cooking which is funny since her mom isn't much of a chef! However, we do have fun together in the kitchen, and she has been a big help since Ace was born.
After our afternoon by the pool, we went to my Aunt Martha's for dessert and fireworks! Every year the display gets larger and the crowd gets bigger. I would venture to say it's one of the best home fireworks shows around!
If I could sum up the 4th of July in four words they would be: family, friends, fun, fireworks! I hope these traditions continue forever! ;)