used to be one of my very favorite holidays... we had more fireworks than the stand itself, or so it felt. aunts, uncles, cousins would load 'em up and head to my grandparent's home (wherein 'diy fireworks' was entirely legal at the time). my grandpa had already stocked up on the
i've come to accept that those days are long gone. since then, we've filled the holiday with pool parties, parades, firework shows (the kind in which we actually purchased tickets for, & others that we've pulled in to the parking lot of some arena or other), bbq's... all good fun, but no standing tradition like the days of my youth. not to mention- a little more chaotic & less cherished. so this year, we're taking a step back, staying out of the crowds (...the traffic... the hustle n' bustle of rushing from one event to the next), & starting a new tradition. a morning hike, a trip to the movies, & good ol' backyard bbq. maybe not a tradition filled with parades, confetti eggs (although, with a little advanced planning, i could make this one happen), public-pool swimming sessions, fire & sparks, OR a pyromaniac grandfather... but one of smores, sparklers, togetherness & family fun, which is really what it's all about, right?
wherever and however you celebrate, i hope it's full of spark :).