The Best Place for Fourth of July

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Home Point Real Estate DRE # 01492725

I just read a post about the expected 4th of July celebration in Washington DC and the surrounding area.  I am not linking the post as it was a nice post and my point is not to criticize that post, but to really think about where the best 4th of July celebration will be.

It this area as in many others around the country Fireworks displays are being curtailed due to budget issues.  As is typical Washington DC is continuing to spend money that the rest of us do not have.

I thought about a very special 4th of July weekend I had about 11 or 12 years ago.  You need to understand my birthday is on the 3rd so this is always a big time of year for me.  Well that year my first marriage was having big troubles and my wife and I at the time were separated.  I was lonely and depressed. 

To get my mind off my troubles I loaded up the Suburban and headed to the mountains to go camping alone.  On the morning of July 4th I started home.  As I was winding through a small narrow mountain road I came through one of the isolated mountain communities and had to pull off the highway for a parade.

The parade might seem hokey compared to the big going ons in Washington DC, but it was nice.  They had the fire truck, the local marching band, a few homemade floats, some kids on sports teams marching, some people in costumes, and some classic cars.  More people may have been in the parade than watching it.  The flags were held high and it seemed everyone had one.  That day the parade cheered me up and when I got back on my way with tears in my eyes.

This weekend the real big 4th of July celebration will be in small towns and backyards.  It will be at BBQ's and picnics, at the homes of friends and family, at campgrounds and sporting events.  It will be where we teach our children about how great this country is and the history of this country.  It will be in churches when we give thanks, it will be in our thanks to those that have given there life at the alter of liberty for this country.

Although times are tough and many of us are concerned about the direction of this nation, to paraphrase Ronald Reagan, I believe America's best days are yet to come.  I know that around the world there a people that understand the greatness of America and to them we are still the shinning city on the hill, the 4th of July is for those people too.

I have no special plans for the 4th.  I will have all my kids home and we will try and find some fireworks.  The BBQ for us is on the 3rd (my birthday).  However, in my heart there is a growing Love for this country and our history.  I hope you have a great 4th of July.  How will you celebrate?


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Cari Anderson
Danville, CA

Gene: probably your best post I've read. The story about the parade is awesome - I love attending the Danville parade because it is so home-grown and such a fun tradition for us. I too think that these hard times will produce even better times to come. I did hear about lots of cities cutting the fireworks this year and I am not at all surprised that DC is not on the list - they are not living in reality IMO. Anyway thanks for the post and I hope you have a VERY happy birthday and holiday weekend. Cheers!

BTW: you can get awesome fireworks in Alameda County. The stands are everywhere in Dublin - even though not legal in good old CoCoCounty, hey we do it anyway and the kids love it!!

Jul 01, 2010 07:08 AM #1
Steve Hoffacker
Steve Hoffacker LLC - West Palm Beach, FL
Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor


Happy Birthday, and Happy Bithday to our country. Very compelling post. Enjoyed it. :)


Jul 02, 2010 06:42 AM #2
JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

This year for the 4th I firmly intend to fore go the large celebrations and just hang out with some friends for one of those BBQ's that you mention my friend. Happy Early birthday.

Jul 02, 2010 10:36 AM #3
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