For me, the 4th of July is right up there with Christmas–I absolutely LOVE celebrating this day. I love watching parades, flying the flag, hanging out with family, preparing and eating fun summer food, lighting sparklers and staying up for fireworks.
When the 4th falls on a Sunday, our celebrations are altered a bit, but are equally enjoyable. We’re not with family this year nor are we attending the parade (which is pretty small in Liberty Lake.) We are having friends over for a BBQ and we’ll drive up to the top of our neighborhood tonight, to watch fireworks over the lake. Believe it or not, what I’m most looking forward to is attending church. I’m a lousy singer, but I LOVE singing patriotic hymns. I love listening to talks on freedom and the moral responsibilities it grants us.
When I was a young mom, I bought a video tape (remember those?) of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir singing patriotic songs. I totally made my family sit and watch it year after year. Now that VCRs are a thing of the past, I can just gather everyone around my computer and pull up videos like these on YouTube.
In my opinion, nobody sings Battle Hymn of the Republic (my most favorite) like the Mo Tab.
and how can you not tear up listening to or singing America, the Beautiful?
Since I’ve been in “look back” mode over at Write. Click. Scrapbook. I’ve come across some oldies but goodies, like this one …
I’d have to check, but I think this layout was published in the very first July/August issue of Simple Scrapbooks magazine. I totally remember posing for “editor” photos in the front lobby of the *new* Creating Keepsakes lobby in Bluffdale. The interesting thing is I never would have conceived of or created a page like this, without the assignment to write a July editor’s note.
and now, looking back, I’m so glad I have this page. Aside from the totally dorky photo, it records 50 things (for the stars) I love about life in America and 13 things (for the stripes) I can do to be a more grateful citizen. Reading over my list now brings back so many memories, even though most of my words are quite generic, I am reminded of experiences and people and places that represent specific memories for me–crazy how that happens.
And hello? How about those photographic borders–remember those?
They were so trendy at the time.
Anyway, I’ve had such a good time reminiscing with my pages and projects I’m thinking we should make “Look Back Week” an annual celebration for scrapbookers. Unless I’m very different from the rest of you–we don’t look back nearly enough. In reality isn’t this why we have holidays like Independence Day — we break from routine, look back and remember all that has happened to establish, preserve and defend principles of freedom that we greatly value, but nonetheless take for granted.
Enough of my rambling.
Have a wonderful day and if you are so inclined, leave me a comment and tell me which tradition or activity you are most looking forward to celebrating.