Happy Fourth of July!

Americans celebrate Independence Day today–the day we recognize as the moment in history that we wanted to be our own country and proved that we had the chops to do it.

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When I was in college, I went to France with my sister to visit our parents who were living there while Dad worked. We happened to be there on Bastille Day, France’s day of independence. They had fireworks, too.

There was a huge difference there on the beach in Le Havre: Dads threw lit firecrackers at their screaming kids! It kind of terrified me, but everyone settled down to watch the fireworks display, just like people do in the US. I imagine those dads that I saw weren’t the norm….

How do you celebrate this holiday? If you’re in another country, when is your Independence Day equivalent and how do you celebrate?

6 comments on… “Happy Fourth of July!”

  1. Happy July 4th! As it’s rainy today, there may not be any fireworks but I’m sure my son will bring out the Pop-Its and we’ll make them snap everywhere, including near each other.


    • Diana Beebe


      I hope the evening was fun for you. Pop-its aren’t near as scary as firecrackers! LOL

  2. Ha – my brother-in-law and some of his friends shot the roman candles at each other. It scars me and I won’t let my kids (almost grown) participate. They think I’m not fun, but how does that saying go – everyone is laughing until someone get hurt? I do love the firework shows – from a safe distance. I’m thinking people aren’t so different.


    • Diana Beebe


      LOL. I can’t blame you a bit. I never liked liked Roman candles. 🙂 Hope you all had fun!

  3. I love watching firework shows but have always been a little afraid of fireworks close up. When I was growing up in the UK the boys at school loved taunting the girls with jumping jacks and other fireworks I can’t remember the names of! Mostly I hate how much animals are afraid of them :/


    • Diana Beebe


      That’s no fun. 🙁 The boys in my school did things like put cherry bombs in the toilets. Not the brightest. Thanks for stopping by!

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