I was thinking the other day how much I wish my family had established a tradition for the 4th of July holiday. I love the idea of doing the same thing every year on this day. We have at different times done the same thing for a few years in a row but inevitably something changed and we would move on to something else. We've been camping, rented a condo in the Sierras, went to the lake and for quite a few years went to the parade in our town since it happened right at the end of our block. The floats and people were lined up on our street so it was pretty unavoidable. Especially when your friends are knocking on your door at 7am asking to use the bathroom.
My kids rode on our church VBS float a couple of times, happily spraying the onlookers with water guns. My daughter marched with her cheer team, my son with his football team. The parade was very small town but being close to Edwards Air Force Base every year the Stealth did a fly by. That was always the highlight.
We've since moved and although the kids are home this weekend they have their own plans. Parties, the beach with friends and so on. I'm happy they are enjoying their adult lives now but maybe it's time Kevin and I started finding our own traditions for this holiday.
So far on my list? Clean my office, hit my word count, go to a movie, bbq and a swim. I will contemplate new traditions for next year as I float.
What are your 4th of July traditions? Let me know in the comments!