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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Happy Fourth of July!

Antique car shows, games, music, food, playing in the pool or at the lake, and fireworks at dusk are all typical Independence Day weekend activities for my family.
This year, however, there will be no fireworks for the Ney family. Our local county is under a burn (firework) ban due to drought conditions. We’ve just experienced one of the hottest June’s on record with barely a drop of rain. Thankfully, there are still plenty of ways to share some of this holiday fun.
If you are looking for some children's literature for 4th of July, check out some of these - ideas, activities, crafts, fun, and background about the holiday: http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/fourth-of-july/kids-books/
Or try James Patterson’s Lindsay Boxer and the Women's Murder Club in his book 4th of July: http://www.jamespatterson.com/books_4thOfJuly.php
Happy Independence Day America!
If you are one of my blogging friends from another country, please feel free to share some special memories or exciting activities your country partakes in for national holidays.


Rob-bear said...

Happy Independence Day!
Up in Canada, we celebrate July 1st as Canada Day (formerly Dominion Day).
The prize this year was the arrival of the Royal Newlyweds: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. (You may recall Will and Kate got married at the end of April; this was their first official overseas trip.) I've to more on my blog, including a couple of pics.
Sorry about the fireworks ban. Seems so terribly un-American to have a Fourth of July with no fireworks. Still, when you're hot, you're hot, and you have to make allowances.

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

Quiet 4th for us today. We had planned a day at the lake, but the chance of rain is high, so probably not. Sorry about your drought! We just rounded out of drought two years ago. Our lake was down 20 feet and became dangerous to navigate. Things are back to normal now, although the skies are still very stingy with rain. (So I guess I better not complain about it if it pours today.)

Laura said...

Sorry about your drought. We had a very wet spring and our summer has had its weather ups and downs, but today is beautiful.
We celebrated yesterday so today will be a quiet day. Hope you can enjoy your Fourth of July!

jan said...

I love fireworks! It's a shame that for some people it's too dry and for others, it's too wet for them. I guess there are always sparklers to enjoy!

anthony stemke said...

The Education Tipster and I hope you and your family had a wonderful Independence day celebration despite the lack of fireworks.

mamtc said...

I love the tradition. Packing food and snacks and chairs and enjoying nice evening with family and kids with fellow townmates while enjoying the fireworks and feeling proud for "Land of the free and home of the brave".
They cancelled the fireworks in our city too blaming the recession. But main reason is violence by these macho gangsta who bring guns and machete to show their valor and fight and ruin a nice evening.
Instead of blaming budget they could charge some money for fireworks ,thereby they could weedout these machos and yet celebrate and let enjoy and feel proud and feel lucky for being in wonderful nation of the world.

KM Nalle said...

Happy 4th to you as well. I hope your holiday was relaxing. No fireworks for us either (but mostly because I wasn't in the mood for the crowds and the traffic). I did bake a lovely apple pie though. :)

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