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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