Friday Five Fireworks Edition
July 4th, 2008 by Sonja

Sally Coleman writes – “I have to admit that I am chuckling to myself a little; how strange it seems for me a Brit to be posting the Friday Five on 4th July! I realise that most of our revgals will be celebrating in some way today, but I hope that you can make a little room for Friday Five! From my short stay in Texas my memories of the celebrations are of fireworks and picnics, one year we went in to central Houston to watch the fireworks and hear the Symphony Orchestra play, we were welcomed and included, and that meant a lot!”

So lets have a bit of fun:

1. Barbeque’s or picnics ( or are they essentially the same thing?) – My definition? Picnics are never at someone’s home.  You take your (cold) food somewhere else.  It’s usually sandwiches and/or finger foods.  Fruit and cookies.  Wine or beer for grown ups.  Simple fun stuff to eat.  Barbeque’s mean grills and sloppy food and potato salad and coleslaw.    The latter two are must haves for barbeques.  Must.  Haves.  Oh.  and brownies.

2. The park/ the lake/ the beach or staying at home simply being?  It depends … I’ve done all.  This year we are staying at home simply being.  It helps that we can watch a great fireworks display from our front yard.  Friends are coming for dessert.  But that’s it.  My favorite years were back when we were allowed to camp out on the lawn in front of General’s Row at Fort Myer in Arlington to watch the DC fireworks.  This is no longer allowed because of all the security measures.  It’s sad to me.

3. Fireworks- love ’em or hate ’em?  I absolutely adore fireworks.  I could watch them for hours and hours.  We need to go back next year and see the DC fireworks now that our kids are older and can appreciate them.  DC has spectacular fireworks.  Absolutely spectacular.

4. Parades- have you ever taken part- share a memory… I have been in so many parades.  I spent almost every fourth of July from the time I was 15 until I was 33 marching in a parade.  Except two or three when I was in college.  They’ve kinda blurred together.  It was always, always, always HOT and sweaty.  I hated marching in parades on the fourth.  We have an ugly national anthem … it’s a beer drinking song.  I hate Yankee Doodle; because I’ve played it 9,438,527 too many times.  I’m not the most patriotic person, so all the flag-waving and histrionics made/make me sort of nauseous.  Besides … it wasn’t July 4 that was important at all.  It was more like July 2 or something.  I still love the fireworks.

5. Time for a musical interlude– if you could sum up holidays in a piece of music what would it be? Well … of course the 1812 Overture with real live cannons.

8 Responses  
  • mompriest writes:
    July 4th, 20087:37 amat

    1812 Overture with fireworks, indeed! Not too patriotic myself at least not in the way it gets displayed with flag waving/idolotry and anthems…

  • Joanna writes:
    July 4th, 20087:44 amat

    Great Play! You reminded me I did march with the girlscouts!

  • David writes:
    July 4th, 20088:11 amat

    You and I have the same taste in holiday symphony!

  • Jill writes:
    July 4th, 20088:30 amat

    Beautiful blog! Great post! Totally the DC fireworks…I wrote about them, too. Happy 4th!

  • Diane writes:
    July 4th, 20082:08 pmat

    oh yes! 1812 overture with fireworks! for everyone but dogs!

  • revhipchick writes:
    July 4th, 20083:04 pmat

    great play! i can only imagine the fireworks celebration in DC!

    i’m with you on the flag-waving, red, white, and blue patriotism. rebellion seems to be the best patriotism to me!=)

  • Sally writes:
    July 4th, 20085:47 pmat

    well played- I enjoyed reading this :-)

  • dc fireworks | writes:
    July 5th, 20081:51 amat

    […] · Questions · HelpContents · Categories …Save My – http://www.savemylink.comFriday Five Fireworks EditionMy favorite years were back when we were allowed to camp out on the lawn in front of General’s Row […]

»  Substance:WordPress   »  Style:Ahren Ahimsa