Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Enjoying Independence Day

It is just about time for one of the best holidays! Tomorrow we ring in another year of celebrating our nation's independence. What do you do for this summer holiday?

My family spends as much time outside as possible. Playing games, grilling out, and of course enjoying fireworks.

One memorable 4th of July happened the summer after my freshman year of high school. It was a super hot day, like the weather we are having now, but that didn't stop us from lighting the fire pit to start grilling for dinner. Just as we were putting the chicken on to cook the sky started darkening. The wind picked up and eventually rain began to sprinkle down. Luckily my dad, uncles, and grandpa got all of the chicken loaded up and taken to the porch where they could finish grilling it under the awning. Just in time too, the rain cut loose not long after.

The party got moved inside to wait out the rain. And while the yard was big enough for everyone, the inside of the house was just a little cramped. But we made the best of it and ate inside while we waited and waited. The rain finally let up and we were able to start shooting off fireworks later that night. Part way through our fireworks show it started to rain again and we retreated back into the house to wait for the rain to stop.

But it didn't stop. It rained and stormed all night. It got so bad out that my grandma called my dad in the middle of the night to tell him their basement had began to flood and he rushed in to help. We were leaving for Kings Island the next day and on our drive we saw the aftermath of the storms. Roads washed out, trees down, flooding everywhere.

While we didn't get to finish our fireworks on the 4th of July, we did get to finish them that New Years Eve. It was a mild evening, probably in the 50s, and after dinner we headed outside and lit up the sky like it was the 4th of July.

I'll never forget those two holidays.

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Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

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