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4th of July Traditions

July 4th is a day of celebration. It is a day commonly associated with patriotism, parades, cookouts, and fireworks! In honor of the 4th of July, I wanted to share with you four of my favorite 4th of July memories and traditions.

#1. Fireworks. Most kids get excited about fireworks right? Well, I was not one of those kids. The loud boom and crackle that accompanied the pretty lights terrified me. Sadly, I was about 12 when I realized fireworks were not as terrifying as I had once thought. Now, I cannot imagine the 4th of July without the those sparkly beautiful lights.

#2. Sparklers . While fireworks scared me, sparklers did not. My mom would always get my sister and I one pack of sparklers each. Anxiously, we would wait all day for the sun to set so we could light our sparklers. Tomorrow night as soon as it gets dark, you can bet that I will be outside writing my name in sparkly lights!

#3. Going to the lake. It would not be the 4th of July in my family without a trip to the pool or the lake. My family always went to the lake in our town to watch the fireworks explode over the water. We would spend the whole day swimming in the sun. My mom would have to drag my sister and I out of the water. Sunburned and freckled, we would end our sweet day fishing off the pier as we watched the fireworks!

#5. Fruit Cake. One of my favorite things about the 4th of July is fruit cake decorated like a flag. It is not your average Christmas fruitcake. This cake is a delicious cake topped with blueberries to represent the stars and strawberries as the stripes!

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How does your family celebrate the fourth of July? Comment and let us know!

Adrienne Smith

Adrienne is currently working on her degree in Religion at Liberty University with a minor in Church Ministries. She began working for Centrikid in the summer of 2012 and joined the office staff in 2013.



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