Posted By Happy Homemaker UK

My favorite holiday of the year is 
the 4th Of July

No longer a celebration of gaining independence from England
(parts of the US belonged to France, Spain and Russia as well)
this hot summer bank holiday is welcomed by all

People decked out in red, white, and blue
this is the most patriotic American holiday

It is a time to get together with friends and family around the barbecue
eating hot dogs, hamburgers, potato chips, potato salad, 
coleslaw, watermelon, and popsicles
Many will go to a pool, lake, or ocean to celebrate and stay cool

Most towns hold a 4th Of July parade during the day
which may feature local children on decorated tricycles and local soldiers

The warm night ends with fireworks often provided by the local town
(fire bans make fireworks illegal in some states due to risk of wildfires)

It also marks the middle of summer,
as most children have been out of school since early June
and will return again in August

Happy 4th of July!

- all photos by me -