It’s the 4th of July, but it sure doesn’t feel like it to me. Just thinking about the 4ths when I was little: there was always a parade, complete with horses all dolled up in silver and red white & blue, their riders too. And marching bands — no parade is complete without a marching band or two. And the obligatory convertibles with the mayor, and the Miss Whatever. It was so exciting! But that faded away as I got older — then it was picnics in the park, with the kids running & playing while the adults napped or talked or played cards on the blanket. And then of course the fireworks.
By the time my kids had kids of their own, it was a BBQ in the patio, then drive close to the fairgrounds where the fireworks were being held; sparklers for the kids and oohs & aws over the fireworks.
But this year? Pffft. Fireworks displays canceled on account of social distancing (& financial constraints — these days [before COVID-19] only the big county or state fairgrounds had them — no more smaller displays by cities.) And to be honest, it feels just like another day. Funny how holidays seem to lose some of their pizazz when you don’t work — a lot of the excitement was a 3 day weekend from the job. And it’s hot! 95º, and who wants to be outside in that heat?
Still, it IS the 4th — such a special day. I hope everyone is enjoying it, in their own way, even if it’s just laid back and appreciating the founding of our country.