This is from July 4, 2009; Katie and I enjoyed a picnic in Central Park (only a short bus-ride from her then-very-new apartment!).
1. A picnic in the park. I certainly enjoyed ours in Central Park and look forward to sharing one with Sara in Wingra Park...maybe next year?!
2. Fireworks. I love them, but wow it gets dark late on July 4...and Holly hates the noise. So the best I usually manage is the Capitol Fourth on TV. (note that it doesn't even cross my mind to set off our own fireworks :-)
3. A bike parade. Years ago, we would take the girls to visit my parents the week after the 4th. The drive there that morning took us through a really cute small town in southern Alabama and we'd see the kids riding their bikes, all decked out in red, white and blue. It's a sweet memory and a great way to get everyone involved.
4. The Peachtree Road Race. An Atlanta tradition and I finally joined in last year. It was a blast and I hope to do it again next year. This year I'm going to have to be satisfied with a shorter, hopefully cooler, run on my own.
5. A cookout. Hamburgers and hotdogs, watermelon, cole slaw and potato salad. Our new house doesn't have a grill (yet?!) but I think we might try some version of this classic American meal anyway.
6. A John Adams marathon on TV. We really enjoyed this series...so much that we bought the DVD's. I think we could certainly manage a few episodes (unless there's soccer on!)
7. A flag cake. You know the one I mean - a white sheet cake or a big sugar cookie with cream cheese frosting and strawberries or raspberries for the stripes and blueberries for the stars.
8. Washington DC or Boston. I think I would love to see that Capitol Fourth concert in person, but the Boston Pops is a close second. (or maybe this is one of those crazy thoughts like seeing the Macy's Parade in person on Thanksgiving?!)
9. A red, white and blue outfit.
10. Golf. this one's for Marc. I don't think he's missed this chance to play 18 holes on a weekday since we stopped taking the girls to my folks (#3 above...I'm guessing it's been 15+ years). And I'd be lying if I said I didn't love the free time it gives me in the morning.
How about y'all - how do you like to celebrate this holiday?