July 4th is upon us, and it’s a day that I’ve always really enjoyed. Here in the U.S., it’s a day that people of course show their patriotism. The American flag, and it’s colors – red, white, and blue – show up more often around this day than any other time. It’s a day when people seem to slow down a bit and spend time with family and friends.
Here in the Midwest (Chicago), it’s a day where weather is usually quite warm, which is so enjoyable considering how long and cold the winters seem to be. It’s just a great celebration of summer, in my view.
What I really like, aside from time with family, are the parades and fireworks. I know this isn’t for everyone, but there’s something fun about getting out there with others in the community, and gathering to enjoy the festivities. I especially like the fireworks. There’s just something about culminating a nice holiday by watching a nice display of fireworks.
Here’s another thing I like about the holiday festivities: they’re FREE!
Well, let’s just say there are almost free. Fireworks are probably already factored into your taxes.
Also, in terms of food and family/friend gatherings, things often tend to be a bit casual on July 4th. No chance for an elaborate meal like on Thanksgiving, for example. For many folks, a simple meal works just well. It’s a big day for folks to grill or cook out. Nothing too expensive.
July 4th is a winner all around. Fun, family/friends, flag waving, and in some ways, frugality!
What about you?
What do you like most about the July 4th Holiday?
Do you have any traditions with family and/or friends on the day?