What Are Your Traditions For The 4th Of July?
The 4th of July has always been an important holiday for me. In addition to its historical significance, it has also been one of the only days of the year that my entire family gets together. Unfortunately, that will be no more.
For several decades my family would celebrate the 4th of July up at our family cabin just outside of Alexandria, MN. We would start the morning by grilling up breakfast on the beach on an 8' grill. We'd spend the day goofing around, skiing, and catching up with each other. Then mid afternoon would come and we'd pile into boats to participate in the annual lake parade. We'd usually see 20-30 boats from around the lake line up and slowly drive around the perimeter of the lake. You'd wave at all the beach goer's and snack along the way. It ended up being about a 90 minute boat ride. It was fun bringing the dogs, kids, and coolers to keep it entertaining.
It didn't end there though...oh no. My mom and dad hosted a family talent show. Yep that's right people. My family would sing, dance, do tricks, you name it. With a total of 40-50 people it was sometimes awkward, somethings cute, other times impressive, but more often just hysterical.
Fast forward to the present...my parents sold their lakefront property in the fall of 2013. We were all sad to see it go, but my parents were no longer in a position to maintain the property on their own. As I look back on this tradition it really had more to do with the people that mean so much to me and less about the food and fireworks. Even though I've always been a guy who lives in the present chapter of my life, occasionally it can be a tad difficult to look back and miss what I sometimes took for granted.
So this year my wife and I are in the process of creating our own new family tradition to celebrate the 4th. From the sounds of it, we're likely heading to the parade and fireworks in Eagan, but the final vote is not yet in. It's time. We want to create a new tradition for our own kids. I suppose it's one of those milestones in life as a parent where you let go of an 'old' family tradition that tied me to my own siblings and begin the process of creating new ones that bind my own kids together. The torch has officially been passed on this one.
Feel free to share your traditions. I always like to hear what everyone else does.