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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Darn Close To 4th Of July!

I have always enjoyed outside parties, and REALLY enjoyed fireworks ever since I was young. Every year for many years, we have spent the day at our friends' house (on a little lake) eating, drinking, talking, and later shooting off fireworks, while the Lake Association does the same. If I don't bring bbq pork back ribs, a designer cheesecake, and fireworks to dazzle the crowd- they would think I had lost it! Traditions. Sometimes you inherit them, sometimes you create them as you go. I feel sorry for people who don't have traditions- one reason is because they look so lost when they are around people who do have them. People like to have a sense of belonging, and every year this party attracts people who know they can join in and be welcome. We long timers include the new people in some of the work, talking with them and getting to know them. We get some of the young bucks help with the fireworks, teaching them safety and the thrill of the big boom!
Independence Day is also a time to reflect on who we were and what we've become. It's time for this nation to re-read the Bill of Rights, and The Constitution-and start living it....

22 comments:

Akelamalu said...

I live in the land of Traditions!

Jen said...

I love traditions and rituals, they indeed make people feel as though they belong and are part of something bigger than themselves.
Cheers for the 4th of July!

snowelf said...

I love, love, love 4th of July. It's my favorite holiday right next to Christmas. I love the fireworks by the lake, the fun family togetherness...the appreciation for freedom... the smell of BBQ and Tropical OFF mosquito spray...all good stuff.

Can't wait! Can't wait!

--snow

doggybloggy said...

tradition...isnt that a song in fiddler on the roof... Have a safe and fun day even though it is still EIGHT days away...boy are you getting a jump on this one...LOL

meredic said...

I always feel a little jealous of Americans and the 4th of July. We dont really have a summer party like this for all in the UK. And in France it will soon be Bastille day.
Still, at least we have the Queen....I guess if we marinaded her for a few days...

buffalodickdy said...

Akelamalu- Yes, you are an older country and probably have many more than us, but our countries do share some too!
Jen- Fireworks & Food across the country!
Snowniece- Throw in a hokey neighborhood parade and you got it!
Dog- Scoring decent nukes always starts early!
meredic- Don't you guys blow stuff up on Guy Fawkes' Day or something like that?

urban vegan said...

I wouldn't call myself a patriot at all--but still, I like the idea of the US having a b'day.

Kayla said...

And darn close to my birthday!
(July 7)
As a child, I thought all of the 4th of July fireworks were for my upcoming bday...HA
Parents had to straighten me out on that one..

buffalodickdy said...

Urban Vegan- Welcome back to the USA! Philly on the 4th? Has to be rockin'!
Kayla- I'll save one mortar ball for the 7th and yell Happy Birthday Kayla!

kate said...

ok I feel like scrooge here... I really dont care for holidays. I dont like to have to be told when I should remember/celebrate my Mother, Father,New year, God, countrys birth, soldiers... you get my drift.

I do like traditions though. Sometimes. Ohhh I am in a mood this morning! lol better go have some coffee and come back later b4 I piss off someone! hehehe

Have a good day!

Lynda said...

Fourth of July is a great time to get together with friends and pull out the grill.

Sometimes we just stay home though.

pinknest said...

oh that sounds fun. i don't really have a fourth of july tradition. i've always wanted to, but then it seems it's always so hot and i can never get myself together. last year's was spent drinking at the bar at an italian restaurant while watching the world cup.

Tanya Kristine said...

that's why i always wnated to be ethnic. they have fun holidays.

im german and irish. i just get drunk on random days.

buffalodickdy said...

Kate- You don't have to like all of them, but anybody who doesn't like fireworks... well, words fail me...
Lynda- Home is okay as long as you at least light a sparkler or two...
Doesn't NYC do a big fireworks display over the harbor or something?
German and Irish- A thoughtful drunk.. I'm Dutch- A cheap and guilty drunk!

Queenie said...

Shucks! why do you live so far away, I love traditions. Also the sound of your food yummy!!!

snowelf said...

Oh yea!! I forgot all about the honkey neighborhood parade!!

We actually have an all-day music festival here at the park, it's and incredible mix of music!

--snow

MONA said...

Indians have so many festivals & traditions! We have ever so many holidays & celebrations all the year round! Yes they are fun!

I remember seeing the fireworks by river Hudson on the 4th of July some years ago. It was awesome!

doggybloggy said...

nyc tears it up with the spectacular works and it happens from many views...but more importantly is the beggin' question
...do you get those big cannisters and mortars and YOU are the one(s) that do it up big out your way???

buffalodickdy said...

Your Queenship: If you are ever out this way, I will see to it you are welcomed!
Snowniece- Had to give condolencences to the lady who ran our neighborhood parade for 20yrs. Her husband had a brain tumor(cancer) and was gone in weeks..
Mona- Bet you laugh alot when attending such affairs! I sense you enjoy life...
Dog- As all this is strictly illegal, I admit nothing...

Mike M said...

I thought Independence Day was about our Independence????

buffalodickdy said...

Mike- You must have missed the last sentence of my posting...

MONA said...

celebration should be the essentail ingredient of our life! the call for a celebration, no matter on what pertext is so rejuvenating & exhilarating! I love celebarations! I love life!