Day 116 Happy 4th!

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.

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July 4, 2020

I have noticed that a lot of holidays this year are cancelled and people are just saving money and staying home….

July 4, 2020

@jaythesmartone Yeah, another collateral damage courtesy of COVID-19.  I wonder if life will ever be the same.  But then we all that that after 9/11, & life has pretty much returned to normal.  But then that was a localized event, whereas COVID-19 is global.  And lethal.

July 5, 2020

Hasnt this year been a disappointment.  We had plans to go home to Ne & Ks and to NH this summer.

July 5, 2020

We had absolutely nothing on Canada Day – not too much of a surprise as I think most people don’t think there is anything to celebrate.  I watched the American festivities in Washington DC – loved the fireworks!

July 5, 2020

Our city’s fireworks were cancelled. A lot of people went over the top with fireworks at home (we live in county just outside of the city limits). We shot some off, too, but didn’t go too crazy. Had some friends over for grilled burgers and hot dogs. Played board games and drank while the kids played. Honestly, it’s about what we do every year, anyway.

July 7, 2020

Such lovely memories, but everything’s changing now with the pandemic, including holidays.  We are all realizing there are new normals now and in he future.  Adapting to these changing times is the key.