How was your Fourth of July?


Mine was quite relaxing. We went to the beach but the ocean was rough so we ended at the pool. My cousin and his two years old twin girls provided entertainment for the adults since my grandchildren didn’t come. In the evening we had dinner on the beach and then we stood on the sand to watch the gorgeous fireworks for an hour. I have never seen the beach so crowded at night.

For ten years, before my kids left home, I used to host a Fourth of July party for about forty people and children. Back then I lived in a house with a big backyard. I cooked, my husband barbecued and my friends brought the drinks and desserts. Adults and children played soccer and then volley-ball. When the children became teenagers, they started bringing their girlfriends or boyfriends, and the moms gossiped while helping. “These were the days, my friends, we thought would never end...”

Did you know that the month of July is a month of celebration in many countries, with Independence Days, Revolution day,…, I collected a few information from the Internet:

Algeria: July 5 Independence from France in 1962.
Argentina: July 9 Independence declared from the Spanish Empire in 1816.
Bahamas: July 10 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1973
Belarus: July 3 The liberation of Minsk after many years of German occupation in 1944.
Cape Verde: July 5 Independence from Portugal in 1975.
Colombia: July 20 Independence from Spain in 1810.
Laos: July 19 Independence from France on July 19, 1949.
Liberia: July 26 1847.
Peru: July 28 Independence from Spain in 1821.
Slovachia: July 17 Declaration of Independence in 1992 (only a remembrance day), de jure independence came on January 1, 1993 after the division of Czechoslovakia (public holiday).
Venezuela: July 5 Declaration of independence from Spain in 1811.
Revolution Day refers to the public holiday in Egypt on 23 July, the anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution of 1952. It is the biggest secular public holiday in Egypt. Annual celebrations marking the Revolution begin on the preceding evening, as the evening of 22 July 1952 was when the Free Officers Movement led by Gamal Abdel Nasser commenced the military coup d'├ętat that launched the Revolution, and ultimately led to the abdication of King Farouk of Egypt.

So how was your Fourth of July?

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7 comments

  1. Judy // July 5, 2011 at 8:39 AM  

    My 4th of July was nice and mellow. A Cousin for dinner, more family to view fireworks and a chance to sit back for a while. And no matter how many times I see fireworks, I love them! And when music plays along with them? Tears...just can't help it.

  2. Mona Risk // July 5, 2011 at 10:14 AM  

    Judy, I agree with you. Firworks are so lovely, make you feel romantic.

  3. Beth Trissel // July 5, 2011 at 12:02 PM  

    Very quiet here. Except for a big thunderstorm that hit late afternoon. Some of the rest of the family went to the neighborhood cookout/pot luck supper and firework display while I opted for a peaceful evening at home.

  4. Mary Marvella // July 5, 2011 at 1:32 PM  

    One thunderstorm provided early afternoon fireworks. A friend invited me for dinner and we went to Decatur to watch the fireworks. We were rained on and they were rained out.

  5. Barbara Monajem // July 5, 2011 at 3:17 PM  

    We were invited to a barbecue. It was lovely hanging out with people we've known forever, just having a good time.

  6. Josie // July 5, 2011 at 4:49 PM  

    My 4th of July was spent at our neighbor's home--just across the street from us. They host a celebration for EIGHTY people---mostly from their parish. Unfortunately, it rained, so they had to move their festivities indoors. Their house was quite the busy place.

  7. Mary Ricksen // July 5, 2011 at 4:50 PM  

    Quiet! For a change not a lot of fireworks, no gun shots, not even a sparkler!!
    I saw the good ones from the pier at the end of my block on the intracoastal. Very beautiful!