Whether it’s brisket, ribs, or plain old hamburgers and hot dogs, the Fourth gives us a great excuse to get outside and barbecue. Even if you’re not the world’s greatest pitmaster, smoky grills mean great memories in the outdoors with family and loved ones.
2. The Fireworks
John Adams wrote in 1776 that he wants us to remember the Fourth of July “with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”
Soon fireworks were for sale to the public, and in 1784 one merchant even offered “rockets, serpents, wheels, table rockets, cherry trees, fountains, and sun flowers.” Now, why don’t we have fireworks like that available today?
Even if your township’s fireworks doesn’t include serpents and cherry trees, spreading out a blanket and gazing at illuminations in the sky is an unforgettable way to spend time with family and celebrate our country’s freedom.
Every Fourth when I was a child, my family would walk along the shore of Lake Michigan, which was just a mile from our house. We would take in the ocean sounds and watch the seagulls, and feel the hot sand between our toes. Come nightfall, we would be found sitting on the enormous rocks that lined the shore waiting for the first explosion of light and sound, one family amidst a sea of people all there for the same reason. Commemorative days are reasons to spend time with family, and the Fourth is one of my favorites.
4. This Fourth of July Shed
The combination of time with your family and the warm summer days is the perfect time to make a memory picking out a garden shed with your family.
Check out this Patriotic Low Barn. (Where is this available?)
An 8×10 or 10×12 is perfect for a garden shed (the latter if your mower is a riding mower). Store your lawn mower, fertilizer, and garden tools in one of these beauties and show your patriotic spirit to your neighbors at the same time. (Colors shown: deep sea diving paint, white trim, and barn yard red metal roofing).
5. Our Country
I never forgot the Fourth of July parade in which I, along with hundreds of other children and adults, was handed a tiny American Flag and we marched along the streets of a small Wisconsin town singing the Star-Spangled Banner. I was five years old. A fierce love of country was instilled in me as a child by my parents that I hold to this day. In this country, we have freedoms that many others don’t, including the rights to follow a chosen career path and worship where we want to. On this Fourth, take time to remember those who fought for your freedom and remember that some gave all.