Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July!

I hope you are all able to celebrate the 4th of July today with friends, family, and loved ones. I'm so grateful that I live in this country. As a Canadian who has lived here for almost 24 years, I truly feel like I have the best of both worlds--a great foundation from the country of my birth, and a great opportunity from the country that I live in.

I'm going to just pause today and think for a moment of those men and women who gave so much to make this country a land of freedom and liberty, and I hope you will, too.

(And I'm going to tell you a secret. I always go to my city's fireworks with a bit of anticipation and trepidation because every year something unexpected happens.

The first year I went they accidentally set a tree on fire at the edge of the field, the next year the safety zone wasn't far enough back and it rained fireworks debris on us, (some of it was still on fire!) and last year, one of the rocket launchers fell over and started launching fireworks into the crowd. It was SCARY!

So I always wonder as I'm packing up our blankets and such, what will happen this year. And even though it's a little on the scary side (I am better prepared each year) we have a lot of great 4th of July family memories watching the fire department put out the fires and making sure our blankets don't go up in flames at the fireworks show. And of course, making sure everyone is far, far, away from the action. Safety first! I'll let you know if anything out of the ordinary happens tonight.)



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Debra Erfert said...

Happy Independence Day! Pack an fire extinguisher along with your lemonade and have a good time tonight.

Julie Coulter Bellon said...

Thanks, ER, and Deb, that's a good idea! LOL

Jon Spell said...

We watched the Stadium of Fire fireworks from a superb vantage point Saturday night. Here's what I noticed as unusual:

The kids seem to ignore the fireworks. There were a bunch of children running around in the 3-10 age group and none of them were at all interested in the amazing display in the sky. I was baffled. Is it something to do with the increased trend of ADD? Too much stimulation via TV and electronics? I mean, come on! Explosions in the sky!

There were at least 2 new things this year: heart-shaped ones, and this weird fuzzy one that my wife liked. I thought they were very impressive. Just wished the locals would have stopped their impromptu "Gutter of Fire" while the REAL ones were going on.

Anonymous said...

Pack the hazmat suits and the fire extinguishers with your chips and soda. Just in case.

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