Our guest blogger today is Michelle L. McCarthy. She emails me with her real name, so I’m not sure what name she uses on the blog. I’ve been so focused on my brother that I totally forgot this weekend was July 4th. I’m glad Michelle didn’t forget! I appreciate so much everyone pitching in to help this week. I have several blogs that I didn’t get to use but I will try to intersperse them in during the next few weeks. My brother is still critical and in ICU. They couldn’t take out the ventilator so now he’s on a feeding tube. On that cheerful note, here’s Michelle’s July 4th blog:
With the upcoming 4th of July holiday, do you have big plans? Do you celebrate in a traditional way with family and friends or splurge and travel out of town to experience new things?
When I was growing up (ok, and into adulthood), every holiday was a reason for the family to get together and celebrate! We would all bring food, drinks, games and movies to one person’s house and enjoy the socializing. It was a time for the adults to catch up and the kids to run and play!
Sometimes for the 4th of July, we’d celebrate with a picnic in the park. We’d play some volleyball, softball, horse shoes, or putt putt, and then wait until dusk for the downtown fireworks. Other times, we’d go to my great-uncle’s house with a pond. This was no little gathering either! My grandpa’s siblings, their kids, and their kids, and sometimes their kids! I’m talking close to 100 people here! Each “family” would pitch in a category (meat, vegetable, dessert, etc.) The day would be enjoyed by feasting, swimming, competition volleyball-with the elders typically “schooling” the young uns, followed by driving into town and watching fireworks!
Each city seems to have something to tout as it’s “reason” why their fireworks or festivities are the best. In Indianapolis (sorry, that’s all I can speak of with familiarity), they have a canal that sets up vendors along the White River. They have festivities all day and then fireworks at night. There is also Symphony on the Prairie that celebrates veterans by playing the “theme” to each branch of the service with all members (past or present) to rise during their song, capping it off with the 1812 Overture signaling the beginning of the fireworks! It is overwhelming!
I’m relatively new to Georgia, so I’m not familiar with the “greats” that are offered locally. Last year I went to Mall of Georgia and was VERY disappointed. The fireworks lasted less than 15 minutes! It was NOT worth the wait! This was the first year that I took my little guy to see “big” fireworks.
What have you experienced in Georgia that you would consider amazing?! We’re looking for something new to do this year! Please share your family experiences and what you plan to do this year to celebrate!