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Thursday, July 2, 2009

If I Could Blog Back Time Thursdays - Fourth of July Memories

Come join me for a very special edition of If I Could Blog Back Time Thursdays! We'll be taking time out to share some memories. We'll Blog Back Time with possible ways to right past wrongs or about how times have changed. We'll share childhood memories, school/work memories, family and friend memories.
Today's topic is: Fourth of July Memories
As a kid we always attended the Oak Creek 4th of July celebration. From grade school thru high school I even marched in the parade. I marched with my grade school. Students that were in band played instruments, the rest of us basically just followed the band members. Yes, we were that lame. But we had to do it to get to have first dibs on the ice cream cups and bottles soda. You really wanted first dibs because you didn't want to get stuck with the Red Cream Soda that was left at the end. My Dad and our neighbor Tim dispensed the ice cream and soda so we didn't have to worry about quantity, but we did want to avoid that dreaded Red Cream Soda.

I'm not a big fan of parades, but when my kids were little we packed up the car and drove back to my hometown so they could have my 4th of July experience. We lived in Chicago at the time and I wasn't a fan of Grant Park so we definitely weren't doing that. Instead of walking in the parade I was a spectator. (Did I say I wasn't a fan of parades?) It was really great to watch my kids enjoy the parade. Our son especially enjoyed the antique fire trucks and the antique cars the city officials rode in. We still got to partake in the ice cream cups and soda afterward, but had to deal with the long lines after the parade participants.

After several years I got tired of the driving and the expense of hauling all the way to my hometown, so several years we went to the Skokie 4th of July Parade. (Got to love those Shriners mini's!) Then when I worked in Glencoe we went to the their parade.
Now we kind of avoid the whole parade thing, but we do go in for the fireworks displays because Anastasia loves them. The first year we moved to the burbs we parked in a lot near the display and watched from inside our car. I even opened the sun roof of my SUV so we could watch them overhead. It was very crowded and we failed to bring lawn chairs, but we ended up having the best seats. Last year we sat in our backyard and watched our neighbors' displays. They were actually quite impressive.

This year is still up for grabs. So what are you doing for July 4th?

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8 comments:

Angela said...

I happen to love Red Cream Soda. :)

House Lift Galveston, TX said...

Sounds like a lot of fun!

<3 Lindsay

Auntie E said...

In Colorado Now. will be spending the fourth here. haven't secured the plan yet. but do know we will for sure she fireworks and eat fourth foods.

Stacie said...

I remember seeing the fireworks at Grant Park once. I don't think I really cared for them.

This year we are going to Gills Rock. We have been going there the last few years. We go early so we can get a good parking space so when the fireworks are over it's easy in and easy out! LOL We get there so early so we spend ALOT of time with the kids at the park. We then walk around the little shops that are there and watch the boat rigada and eat some yummy food. My mom will be going with us this year as well as my son's friend. This should be fun. The last two years we have met new people and see them every year. Hope you have fun with whatever you decide to do :)

Auntie E said...

My post is up. Happy 4th

Dan River Mama said...

Lola, can I borrow your Mr. Linky warning? Mine keeps getting hijacked by folks that aren't even participating in my MeMe...


I haven't been out to see fireworks in years. I went a few times with my dad, when I was really young.

Patricia Rockwell said...

Lola,
I posted about my Fourth childhood memories today and linked back to you.

Patricia
http://communicationexchange.blogspot.com/2009/07/intrapersonally-communicating.html

Patricia Rockwell said...

Lola,
Probably just showing my total lack of technological know-how but I simply couldn't get the "Thursday" badge to work on my blog. Even so, I did everything else necessary, I believe.

 
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