At my house, we actually do our big celebration on the 3rd of July. The tradition started out of practicality--so many of our friends and family had only the 4th itself off, so it made better sense to stay up late on the 3rd, then we'd have the 4th to relax and recover--maybe do a small family celebration--before going right back to work on the 5th.
This year was no different. About 30 of our friends gathered last night for a big grill out with fresh corn on a stick and yummy pot luck favorites. Lots of friends from our community theater group, some family, some folks from our hosts' work and church were there. After eating and catching up with friends we haven't seen for a while, we played some yard games. Then, when it got dark, we had a terrific fireworks show, complete with plenty of laughter and oohs & ahs. The hour was late when we were finished, but we cleaned up and stood around and chatted and traded hugs a while longer. Then it was home to bed and a relaxing day today.
My son was home for the holiday, so there were lots of conversations with friends who watched him grow up about his plans now that he's a college graduate. There's a long-standing tradition of certain teams playing certain games (bean bag shuffle board and disk golf, for example) and defending their titles. We talk books, theater, family, weather, children, parents, shared memories, future plans and more. It's a fun, special evening.
Today, on the actual Fourth, I fixed a brunch for my guys before sending my son back to work. Then hubby and I did some reading, played some Angry Birds and Spider Solitaire, and did a little fireworks shopping. He took me out to dinner, and we came home to watch a movie until dark. We extended the holiday festivities a little bit by lighting off a few fireworks in front of the house. Not the splendiferous show from July 3rd, but a sweet date night and a lot of fun. These pix are from our modest festivities. And aren't those mini-flashlight rings fun? I may pack one up and take it to the Harlequin Party when I go the the RWA conference in a couple of weeks. It'd be fun out on the dance floor. ;)
July 5th will be one more relaxing day for me. I'll probably actually do some work around the house and read more. But then it'll be back to my regular writing schedule. I'm working on a brand new book. And that's always fun to figure out where this particular literary adventure will take me. Certainly to Kansas City's fictional Fourth Precinct, with a couple of characters readers will have met before as supporting characters in other books. No details, though, because even revealing the hero and heroine's names might give away a clue to my current Precinct: Task Force miniseries. Hope you all are enjoying those books!
Share something about your most recent holiday celebration. I'll give away a copy of a book from my backlist... or, if you can wait, a copy of my upcoming September release, TASK FORCE BRIDE (as soon as I receive my author copies) to one lucky poster.
|September 2013 (available August 20)|
Happy Fourth! Fifth? Third? <g>