Going to buy fireworks with my dad and watching him set them off in our driveway has always been one of my favorite 4th of July traditions. It’s fun, and it makes me feel especially patriotic since our very own ancestor John Adams was the one who decreed that the 4th of July should be celebrated with fireworks.
I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival . . . it ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade . . . bonfires and illuminations (fireworks) from one end of this continent to the other, from this day forward forevermore. – John Adams
Our little fireworks tradition got even better when my husband joined our family and unintentionally added a new comical dimension to our yearly fireworks display: watching him and my dad walk on eggshells to politely share the fireworks lighting privileges with each other even though each guy clearly wants to light all of them himself.
It’s been several years though since we’ve had fireworks due to either droughts and firework bans, being rained out, or having a baby/toddler who would also like to share in the fireworks lighting duties but certainly cannot be trusted near flames and sparks. So while we look forward to another fireworks show in our driveway one day in the future, for now we have found nonflammable entertainment for after out 4th of July cookout.
One of my most favorite 4th of July activities is watching 1776, a musical about our very own cousin John and his efforts to create our new nation long ago. We’ve actually watched this each year for years, usually while waiting for it to get dark enough for fireworks. This year we also got some other fun things to play with that might be more exciting for a toddler (although she does really love her show tunes!) including glowing flags and water balloons. May not be explosive fun, but I know we will enjoy it nonetheless. As long as we are together (and get to eat gallons of potato salad), it will be a great celebration I’m sure!