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My favorite way to celebrate the Glorious Fourth centers around a (very) small town parade, a DIY* fireworks display, and plenty of pie, family, and friends. When I can, I celebrate Independence Day in my hometown, with a parade route so short, we turn around and run it in reverse to make it last longer than 15 minutes. The ‘town’ has no stores, no restaurants, really not much of anything except a church and a few houses on either side of an unpaved road. Yet there’s no place I’d rather be.
Clearly, there’ll be none of that this year.
I’m not alone; nobody I know is celebrating the holiday exactly as they’d like. Parades, fireworks, festivals…all canceled. What then?
Personally, I’m getting out of Dodge and heading to my other happy place: the beach. We’ll pack up some delicious food, probably some wine, too. A couple blankets, shoes for a morning run. A nod to the holiday: my current ‘beach read’ is a wonky political tome. So I’ll contemplate our Founding Fathers between an ambitious program of lying face up, then occasionally turning face down. It sounds pretty awesome.
I hope your holiday was also full of relaxation and fun. Happy (slightly belated) Fourth!
* legal in most of the Dakotas, barring extreme drought.