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Enjoying the Day

July 2nd, 2011

Here in the United States we will celebrate the Fourth of July this weekend (the 4th is Monday but most folks will celebrate all weekend long). Take a cue from Dexter and spend some time relaxing in the great outdoors this weekend. Spent time your garden, visit a park or botanical garden near you, go for a walk, bike ride or a hike, do something in to get outside and enjoy the season you happen to be in.

We’ll be spending our weekend cooking out, watching fireworks, hanging out with friends, working in the garden and on our little camper. Of course we’re self-employed so we’ll spend some time doing real work as well as there’s rarely an actual day off for us.

If you’re an American how do you celebrate the Fourth? If you’re from another country how do you typically celebrate holiday weekends?

13 Comments to “Enjoying the Day”
  1. Jennifer Fisk on July 2, 2011 at 6:05 am

    The 4th of July is big in New England and in Bar Harbor it is the single most important day of the tourist season. We start with a huge blueberry pancake breakfast at the ball field followed by the parade. Then it is back to the ball field for the seafood festival. Many non profits have booths for various fund raisers set up and there is also a craft fair. In the evening, there is the concert by the local band at the village green and then in the park overlooking the harbor there is another concert prior to a fireworks spectacular over the water. Each event has its own magnetism and can’t be missed.

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    • Susy on July 2, 2011 at 5:55 pm

      I could get into that kind of celebration – blueberry pancakes, that gives me an idea for a breakfast here soon!

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  2. Allison on July 2, 2011 at 7:10 am

    @ Jennifer – I’d love to spend the 4th in New England! How fun!!

    We celebrate here every year with a big farm party and fireworks!

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  3. kristin @ going country on July 2, 2011 at 7:11 am

    This year the weekend will mostly consist of trying to get all our work done before we leave on Wednesday for a ten-day roadtrip. Before we go there’s mulberry juice to be canned, fencing for the sheep to be put up, a cistern to be filled, grass to be mowed, and on and on and on.

    We will be going to our neighbors’ for a party tomorrow night, but that’s about it.

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  4. Songbirdtiff on July 2, 2011 at 8:44 am

    I do freelance work, too, so I’ll be working a few hours this weekend. Otherwise we will be watching fireworks, shooting fireworks, grilling, drinking beer, and working in the garden. Sounds perfect! This morning we are starting off the holiday weekend by going to the farmer’s market with mother-in-law, hubby, son, and the dog. :D

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  5. Melissa on July 2, 2011 at 8:55 am

    I keep having to remind myself not to work on Monday! Nothing really ever seems like a holiday when you work from home!

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  6. Margaret on July 2, 2011 at 10:22 am

    For the last ten years we have hosted a neighborhood parade on the morning of the 4th. In the dark hours, like magic. the front yard of each home has had a decorative American flag or two placed on edges of yards. The parade, lead by fire trucks, winds it’s way through the streets of our neighborhood, ending in our front yard. We serve ice cold lemonade, water and popsicles to 250- 300 people. The children climb into the fire trucks, the adults have a chance to chat with neighbors. Later, in the evening, we block of the street for barbecue and fireworks. And then we will spend the rest of the evening sweet talking our poor puppy who doesn’t at all enjoy the sounds of fireworks.The rest of the weekend will be spent in the garden, soaking in a pool, and along the river at one of our many state parks.

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  7. goatpod2 on July 2, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    We usually spend it here at home. But when my siblings were still living close by we would get together with them but they have all moved away but my sister and her husband still live close-by though.


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  8. Nebraska Dave on July 2, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    I usually go over to a friend’s house that lives along the town parade route and watch the two hour parade. Then there’s always a BBQ after the parade with conversation and small fireworks for the kids. Later the city has the big fireworks for all to watch. I’m home by midnight tired, happy, and thoroughly celebrated out.

    Have a great 4th. Be cool and stay safe.

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  9. Janet on July 2, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    We’re not very good at celebrating our national day over here. For Scots it’s St Andrew’s day on November 30th. The other Home countries of the UK (England, N.Ireland and Wales) all celebrate different days. There is no UK day as such. Most people if they get the day off on November 30th won’t really make a big deal of it. Public holidays are different, everyone jumps in their cars and tries to get away and gets stuck in traffic jams!

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  10. tj on July 2, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    …We usually go to my sisters for a cookout and they live on the border of a big park which hosts the fireworks display every year. We sit in their driveway and the fireworks go off right above us, which is awesome!

    …Love the photos! :o)

    …Have a safe & happy July 4th!

    …Blessings :o)

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  11. Grace on July 2, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Canada Day was Friday, so this is a weekend of celebrating, too. The weather is perfect for the outdoors too, but I’m belly dancing all weekend so no beach time for me–maybe next weekend.

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  12. MAYBELLINE on July 2, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    American all the way.
    Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and Chevrolet!

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