Before we left that morning, I painted the kids' faces and sprayed blue spary in their hair (at Colin's request). Don't they look patriotic?
It was overcast (for which we were grateful), but it's hard to wait for the fun to begin.
After the parade we came home, worked in the garden and cleaned out a wickedly filthy car. Then it was swimming and a neighborhood barbeque with fireworks. This Nervous Nelly of a mother was a bit gobsmacked at the young boys who were allowed to willy-nilly play with fireworks and lighters. I think this was our first year doing sparklers! In years past we've always gone to watch fireworks shows. But now fireworks that used to be illegal in Utah are allowed. So they're admittedly much cooler. The kids had a great time.
The night before we had a family home evening about Independence Day and what it means to be a good citizen. We talked about our freedoms--that not everyone in the world is allowed the freedoms we have. Colin was shocked to hear about some examples. We sang "My Country 'Tis of Thee" and "The Star-Spangled Banner" and talked about their meanings. I did not realize that Francis Scott Key actually wrote this while he was on a British ship in 1814. It was inspirational, singing these together.