In America we celebrate our independence on the Fourth of July.
In years past, I have looked forward to the Fourth of July almost as much Christmas. This is the second Fourth of July since my Beloved flew away to heaven, so it is a bittersweet holiday for me. In my mind's eye, I can see my brawny husband striding through the crowds, greeting people, clapping them on the back, cracking jokes. I can almost hear his laughter. I miss him with all my heart during the holidays. There is an ache in my heart that won't go away. None the less--there is still joy and happiness to be found.
In our small town of Independence we celebrate with a parade, waterfront complete with live music, booths, food--all next to the Willamette river. In the evening there are fireworks over the Willamette River--it is the best fireworks display this side of the Mississippi, or so I'm told. (grin) Of course, we are all biased. I think of all the parades which have happened since my home was built in 1896 and I marvel.
I've heard that better than 80,000 people (or more, this year) will be flooding into town this weekend for the holiday. The Fourth also coincides with Western Days, so it will get a bit wild around here.
In the evening, we walk to the fireworks and back. For me, it is a cozy feeling to light a big bonfire in the fire pit out back, to roast marshmallows and watch all the people trying to leave town at the same time.
Have a blessed weekend, dear Friends.
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