I've always loved this holiday---indeed, it's my favorite. The 4th, appropriately enough, is the most democratic of holidays. If you adore freedom, no one gets excluded.
We will watch our hometown fireworks surrounded by long-time friends and family. Earlier in the day, I'll march with the Little League team I coach in the local parade; then we'll head over to the firehouse, where local fire departments compete to hit targets with their fire hoses from 50 yards away----the kids stand safely behind the targets and, naturally, get drenched. Sure, it's kind of goofy, but it's a tradition, and something my children will remember as much as spitting watermelon seeds, snaring lightning bugs, and doing their first cannonball off the diving board. It's the sweetness of summer.
What are YOU doing for the 4th?
Be safe----and enjoy!