BEST WISHES FOR A HAPPY 4TH: What 4th of July in your past stands out?

  • HndsmKansan

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    Jul 02, 2008 2:01 AM GMT
    Well here it is, another 4th of July, temperatures in the 90's, wheat harvest done and fireworks tents and stands everywhere. What a great time of year! I love it!!

    Have had a long history of great 4th's going back to when I was very young. Did fireworks with my Dad, with friends, had parties.. still have a big box of fireworks....

    What was your 4th of July you remember the most fondly?
    (that is if you are from the USA)

    HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!!

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    Jul 02, 2008 2:15 AM GMT
    My most memorable July 4, 1988 was when I was living in Taiwan. While it wasn't a holiday there, the American ex-patriot community did get together and have a picnic and set off fireworks. It was weird being on the other side of the globe, yet celebrating.

    Also, I had just come out two months before, so it was celebrating my own type of independence too! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 02, 2008 2:21 AM GMT
    1976....

    I went over to the national fireworks on the Mall in DC with my older brother. We had to park in the Virginia side of Memorial Bridge and then fun over to the Mall.

    We sat on high ground and then my brother asked if I wanted to continue to sit there. I asked him why. He said the smell in the air was marijuana...the first time I smelled it.

    I plan on going next in '26.
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    Jul 02, 2008 2:23 AM GMT
    Last years was my most memorable. I see the fireworks as being very romantic and I never was able to bring that special someone to them...Last year was my first time. I just wish we could have held hands or cuddled while watching them.
  • Hagan_F

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    Jul 02, 2008 3:29 AM GMT
    A few years back my mom and I were in Boston over the fourth. We were trying to decide about going to the Esplanade to see the Boston Pops. We went to Quincy a few days before the fourth to visit John Adams and John Q. Adams homes and graves when we learned that they were having a reenactment of the signing of the Declaration of Independence at the home of John Adams and that we could sign up to be a part of it. We were both selected to be the representatives from the colony of Rhode Island. It was a great experience. Afterward there was a candlelight parade down to the main square and on the steps of the church where the Adam's and their wives are all buried, there was a reading of the Declaration. My favorite fourth ever to date.
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    Jul 02, 2008 4:20 AM GMT
    Last summer stands out. I had to work all day, so I was on lifeguard/picnic duty splashing in the water, basking in the sun, and playing volleyball and football for about twelve hours solid.

    The summer before that was by far my favorite, though. My best bud and I spent the week of the 4th in Vegas to unwind after finishing grad school. We did some massive retail therapy on the strip.
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    Jul 02, 2008 4:26 AM GMT
    It was 15+ years ago when my family and me moved to Chicago from Latin America. It was hard leaving all of our family and friends behind overseas, but arriving in the evening and seeing the fireworks in the night sky created a warm welcoming feeling I could never forget.
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    Jul 02, 2008 7:38 AM GMT
    4th of July is one of my favorite Holidays. It is very deeply meaningful to me. On a personal level it makes me think of liberation and freedom in a spiritual way: This is a very sacred thing to me.

    This year it might be a little blue because my second boyfriend died just recently. I will try to imagine him being liberated from his suffering and maybe that will help.

    As far as the past, I remember kissing a boyfriend on a roof-top bar in San Diego as the fireworks were going off.
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    Jul 03, 2008 3:54 PM GMT
    Thank you, I hope everyone has a great Independence day.

    The Independence day that stands out in my past is of course, the 4th of July 1976. I had just graduated from High School and tried to enlist in the Marines. I was rejected because I admitted to smoking marijuana, and had only done so once when I was 14. I went to a great fireworks celebration and then went home, when I woke up, I saw on television that the Israeli Army had rescued almost all of the hostages in Uganda. That's when I decided to try the Army. It changed my life.
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    Jul 03, 2008 4:04 PM GMT
    Have a safe and AWESOME 4th everyone!

    My most memorable 4th is when the next door neighbors would have a bbq and invite friends and family over. We'd swim, play tag, eat some tasty treats and then sit ourselves on the lawn and watch the aerial display. This is when it was legal to shoot off bottle rockets.

    This particular year, one of the neighbor's daughters and I were sitting in a bench seat. A bottle rocket went off into the air and exploded into a white bouquet. The next thing we know, an fairly large ember made it's way back down and onto the blanket we were sitting under. It caught fire! We were ok of course, however, that was the last year bottle rockets became a part of our 4th of July celebration.

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    Jul 03, 2008 4:07 PM GMT
    My most memorable 4th of July times are when a number of us take a boat out onto San Francisco Bay and watch the fireworks from there. This all hinges on there not being fog though! I love seeing all the colors when big public fireworks displays go off. The green, in particular is my favorite.
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    Jul 03, 2008 4:43 PM GMT
    On the beach in South Haven, MI... Good cookout, great sunset by the water, and a kick-ass fireworks display right on the beach... followed by another late-night one at the racetrack! Best time! Would go back and do that again in a heartbeat.

    Happy and safe 4th to you all!

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    Jul 03, 2008 4:52 PM GMT
    Tikrit, Iraq 2004

    Sitting on a balcony in a palace on a cliff over looking the Tigris river. Looking up river to the large palace complex, Sadam's private city, where we shared facilities with the British. Watching fireworks and tracer fire launching from both sides of the river.

    Americans. Celebrating thier independence from the British, on a base we share with British Soldiers, in a country we recently liberated from an oppresive regime. Using a Chinese invention.