Happy 4th of July Everyone!
After being without power for days, I wasn’t sure I was going to get to post anything this week, but thankfully we got ours back on late Monday night. Now that my house is below 85 degrees I’m finally feeling up to being on the computer, and talking about one of my favorite holidays.
To me, the 4th has always been about two things: Food and Fireworks.
My memories of the 4th from being a child are those of large family gatherings, running in my grandmother’s yard, and playing games outdoors. I would get tired of running and check out the amazing food my family had prepared. Hamburgers and hot dogs of course, but baked beans, grilled corn, potato salad, deviled eggs, and sometimes Maryland crabs. I never had room for dessert, but I do remember there being pies and always some kind of watergate salad which my grandmother loves. This year for the 4th I’m imagining making one of these delicious desserts for our little celebration.
As a child I was extremely afraid of the fireworks. It wasn’t until I was almost in middle school that I began to enjoy the boom, and look forward to it each year. As I grew older it was going to see the fireworks with friends, or watching them with my little sisters who seemed mesmerized by the bright lights. I especially loved playing with sparklers and running around in the country air.
My favorite fireworks however are definitely the crackle ones and those that fall like weeping willow trees, and then disappear. I also believe they’re the most beautiful. The golden light they emit seems much more lovely to me than the red, blue, green or purple, which always seems too saturated in the night sky. But the mix is gorgeous, and worth sitting out in the heat on a hot summer night.
What will you be doing this 4th of July?