About 7 years ago, we moved into a brand-new neighborhood. I think we were the 3rd family to move in on our street. We have some really good neighbors, and have developed an unofficial 4th of July celebration. Many of us like to buy our own fireworks. Since we live in a cul-de-sac, we all light off our fireworks together for the neighborhood to enjoy. The funny thing is that it has never been organized. Nobody has ever tried to plan this event, but it always seems to happen. It very well could be that nobody shows up this year, or it will be a block party just like in years past.
Growing up, our family never really had any traditions for the 4th of July. I do remember going to see the Ogden Dodgers play (that was a LONG time ago), and enjoyed the post-game fireworks. My dad is pretty averse to crowds, so we generally avoid big gatherings. My sisters played in the marching band in junior high and high school. During those years, we went to parades, but have avoided them ever since.
On the other hand, my wife’s family has a tradition to go to the Provo parade every year. I’m not really a parade guy, but we’ve gone every year since I’ve been married. Her father takes us all out to eat at Heaps Brick Oven after the parade. I think I’ve developed a little bit of my fathers desire not to go to parades, but it is something we do every year. My wife loves this tradition. She also loves crowds, and loves to go to Stadium of Fire.
I’m not sure how many of you will be blogging today. You’re probably out with your families. But for those of you who read today or tomorrow, what are your traditions?