Fourth of July is My FAVORITE

I love Fourth of July.

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who doesn’t love a parade?Β 

Fourth of July is my favorite holiday.

I love how there’s no obligation, no shopping, and no religion. Nobody argues about Independence Day, all just unite in being American. Often while decked-out in cheesy red, white, and blue clothes and accessories, many of us drunk — but all united.

The foods are some of my faves — fruits, cold salads, PIE. Smell of barbecues and smokers waftin about.

Fireworks are awesome. I’m silly and unpopular in thinking I’d rather not have them a month before and a month after, but they’re awesome.
I’ve had bad holidays and plenty of them, but I have never had a bad Fourth of July. I was thinking last night on the drive home, one could narrow down my very best friends on the basis of whether I’ve shared fireworks on Fourth of July with them.

There have been some fantastic fireworks displays and experiences, and I’m always open to new ones. As a child, no matter where we lived, my father would drive me to downtown Indianapolis, early, to get front and center spots for the fireworks, and that’s often what I like. But there’ve been fireworks otherwise, local parks a few times, train rides to get elsewhere, oohs and ahhs reflected over lakes and rivers — Every one of them fabulous.

Last night we tried Symphony on the Prairie and I loved it. Picnic blanket on the soft green grass, symphony in the amphitheater, fireworks at the end.

So happy!

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It was more patriotic than any Fourth of July I’ve experienced since leaving the army base behind, and we are were a pile of patriotic weepers.

Veterans dressed in both current and historical costume uniforms shook The Mister’s hand and thanked him for his service. A strange grin appeared when it happened twice, for he served two branches.

The Mister doesn’t love being thanked for his service, not that it isn’t nice to hear, but I know it sounds different to his ears when other veterans say it, because behind the words lies an unspoken bond of honor and duty that we civilians will never fully grasp. His real appreciation comes when he says, “It was a privilege to serve with you.”

I don’t think The Mister was expecting any thanks last night (I think he’da shaved, heh) but I know it made yesterday a richer experience for him.

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peekamoo on the left

I always thank my husband for his service when anyone else does, but then I add how glad I am he no longer serves.

In a turnabout scenario, when other military spouses thank me for my sacrifice, it means infinitely more.

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38 Responses to Fourth of July is My FAVORITE

  1. The fireworks were gorgeous this year. Happy belated 4th!

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  2. Jewels says:

    4th of July is one of my favorite holidays too. πŸ™‚

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  3. loisajay says:

    Fourth is my favorite, too!

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  4. Dan Antion says:

    The 4th is a great holiday. I do like that there’s no shopping, other than for food.

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  5. What a lovely post. Many thanks to the families who serve and sacrifice for our country. Happy Belated 4th! πŸ™‚

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  6. Interesting observation – and one that I’ve never stopped to think about that before – the federal holidays (July 1st here and the fourth in the US) haven’t got the same obligation/commercialism/religion as do the other stat holidays and Hallmark days like Mother’s Day or Halloween.

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  7. Benson says:

    Me too! Before Downtown Fireworks there was Butler. Every year they had a big show, After my first show I was hooked. What I don’t like are those folks that just love firecrackers so much they set them off days before and after. Firecrackers have their place but they just make noise. I want colors.

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  8. Ally Bean says:

    I like the 4th, too. It’s easy to celebrate. I put flags out into our flower pots and the house was decorated in 5 minutes. I planned a dinner of brats and beer in less than one minute. I even dressed appropriately in blue and white without doing anything more than wearing what I normally wear. My kind of holiday– meaningful and stressless. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

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  9. I can understand a bit about not like being thanked for your service, but on the other hand, we do greatly appreciate it and it’s nice to be able to share that with someone who has given so much (and that would include spouses and families.) I think a service person should try to think of this when thanked, realizing that it comes from our hearts…and beats the heck out of the reception when coming home from Vietnam and the like. πŸ™‚ So thanks very much, all of you.

    I love fireworks, too. We saw some excellent ones here in Naperville and then on the Fourth, greatly enjoyed those in D.C. that Macy’s put on. I do love me some USA.

    janet

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  10. That is a serious hat. I enjoy the fourth, but this year kind of sucked.

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  11. John Holton says:

    Okay, I won’t thank your husband for his service, or you for lending your husband out to the military so he can serve, but just know I appreciate it.

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  12. JT Twissel says:

    Sounds like a lovely day! I used to hate July 4th when we lived on an Army base. Primarily because it was always really hot. (China Lake)

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  13. I never celebrated Bastille Day in France, even though I love what’s behind this amazing day. It was just because back then in France it wasn’t trendy to be overly patriotic. But most immigrants to the US became among the most fervent Americans. So now I love the Fourth of July. The food too πŸ™‚
    This year, however, it was calmer around me.

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  14. Joanne Sisco says:

    I think we need more holidays without obligations & stress! I’m all for them πŸ™‚

    I am however very curious about the practice of vets thanking other vets for their service. I don’t understand.

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    • joey says:

      I understand you not understanding. I barely grasp it myself. I’ve listened and read a great deal, and I can say that those I’ve heard feel it’s like… Like they go in with a calling to serve, this sense of honor and duty, and when they’re in, they realize it’s more than love of country. They’re all in the shit together. Even in different places, different wars, they feel this connection to their brothers and sisters in arms. So when it comes down to it, they fight FOR ONE ANOTHER.
      I hope that helps some.

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      • Joanne Sisco says:

        Actually that helps a lot. I can wrap my head around that … “they feel this connection to their brothers and sisters in arms”. I guess it’s just a way of both acknowledging and respecting one another.

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  15. I do love the 4th!! No fireworks this year because of the puppy 😦
    I also love that the commercialism doesn’t go too crazy and that everybody is always happy about celebrating it!
    I’m glad you all had a wonderful day!! πŸ™‚

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  16. ghostmmnc says:

    So glad you enjoyed your celebration day! That Symphony on the Prairie sure sounds nice. πŸ™‚

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  17. Erika says:

    We failed Fourth of July this year — nary a firework to be seen. I had sparklers and snappers for the kids, but forgot. We had good food, though!

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    • joey says:

      Is that right? In contrast, we didn’t have particularly festive food. Props to you on that, I didn’t have it in me. I made that big brunch and then we sorta snacked all day. We still have a case of sparklers, we never did play. I bet we will though.

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      • Erika says:

        You and your brunches. And linners. Makes me jealous πŸ˜‰ You can get away with things there that are frowned upon at the non-portmanteau.

        I was lucky that I didn’t have to do a damn thing for that dinner except shuck and boil corn. This was the year I found that my husband hates shucking corn, after he danced around not having it, so me and my truckloads worth of cornshucking experience (no joke) stepped up.

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  18. Sounds like you had a wonderful holiday and your hubby got some well deserved recognition for his service to our Country. Please give him another pat on the back for me. πŸ™‚

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  19. It sounds like you had a wonderful time with that picnic on the prairie and celebrations. You look so happy in the photo all three of you! ( I could just see a alittle bit of Moo).
    I think you and your husband both deserved to be thanked, him for his service to your country, and you and your children too, for your loyalty and sacrifices. πŸ™‚

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  20. I like the 4th too. I have had some fun ones mostly with friends. This year we didn’t do anything special. Retained from the big carnival downtown to save some money for a trip in a few weeks. We did get to see the fireworks around the neighborhood which was nice. Thank you all for your service and sacrifice! πŸ™‚ Good people can appreciate. πŸ™‚

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