It is time once again for Flashback Friday with Linda of Mocha With Linda. This is the meme that takes us back in time. In Linda’s own words:
This meme’s purpose is to have us take a look back and share about a specific time or event in our lives. It will be fun to see how similar – or different – our experiences have been!.
Participating in this meme and reading everyone’s answers is one of my weekly highlights. Grab the button and the link and come play along. Linda’s theme this week is:
With the Fourth of July just a couple of days away, I thought it would be fun to have a patriotic flashback. If you are not a citizen of the USA, feel free to adjust the flashback to your particular country. (I had no idea until someone commented yesterday that Thursday was Canada’s birthday!)
When you were growing up, did your family do anything special to celebrate Independence Day or other patriotic occasions? Did you hang a flag? What about neighborhood or town parades, picnics, neighborhood parties, etc.? Did you attend fireworks displays? Were personal fireworks permitted where you lived and, if so, did your family do them?
When I was a kid the fireworks displays were always spectacular. They were shot off from a barge out on Lake Coeur d’Alene (still are, I think) and everybody in town would line the beach (still do, I think).
Gram and I almost always spent the 4th of July at the City Park and beach. Other assorted family members would join us. I would generally have plenty of cousins around to play with and tons of food to eat. Most of my memories of the day are a blur of sand and fried chicken and Orange Crush Soda, the fireworks and falling asleep in the car on the two mile ride home that seemed to take hours because of all the traffic.
Only one year do I remember shooting off my own fireworks. My dad came and brought a ton of stuff with him, and my brother-in-law came and brought a ton of stuff with him. Most years my cousin Patty and I were just given sparklers to play with at the beach.
One year the fireworks out over the lake were particularly wonderful. They didn’t last as long as usual, but the last batch was spectacular! As a kid I stared in awe and was hoping they would do it again — and then I noticed that the adults all seemed agitated and suddenly it was time to go and r was testy …
Only later did I learn that the barge had caught fire, igniting all of the fireworks at once. The pyrotechnic guy was fished out of the lake minus one leg and suffering 3rd degree burns over most of his body. There was much talk then of discontinuing the show in future years, but they continue to this day. I haven’t seen the display in years, but the one here at Friday Harbor reminds me very much of it.