1) A few years back a friend of mine invited myself, my wife (then girlfriend) and another couple to Hungtington Beach for the day and evening fireworks. We had a really nice time except that halfway through the day my friend and his new girlfriend disappeared for 2 hours (later admitting they went back to the car for a little afternoon delight). Is this good etiquette? Is it okay to abandon an outing you planned for a quickie?I look back on this fondly because in the end there was a nice moment staring into the sky with my wife in my arms and thinking...this is good.
2) Two years ago we invited another couple to the Dodgers/Angels game in Anaheim. Baseball is a key aspect of American culture and seems to fit well with the 4th of july experience so this was a definite highlight for me. It also became a great 4th memory because a) The Angels beat the Dodgers, which is always satisfying and b) my friend Dan, a diehard Dodger fan acutally admitted in public that Angel stadium was better than Dodger Stadium.
So the 4th of July has been a good holiday for me in the past. So however you celebrated I hope you have fond memories of this fourth to look back on.
In case you didn't get to see fireworks in your area!!
(mp3) Neil Young -- Rockin In The Free World
Nothing says Independance day then questioning the government that is responsible for keeping us free. I'd go on a rant here but it's late and I might run out of space.
(mp3) John Philip Sousa -- Bullets and Bayonets
I love a good marching tune!!