Oh the barbeques! In some places they are called cookouts. Whatever you call the gathering of people eating char-grilled meat, it’s a hell of a time. Folks bring out as much red, white, and blue decorations as they can handle. If you’re feeling especially patriotic, check out these July 4th photo booth props I made. Social media and the birth of the United State never looked so good!
July 4th traditions
Nine times out of 10, it’s a 100+ degree day. That doesn’t stop anyone from going outside. Sure, we sweat buckets, but we sit in the shade, watch the kids run around like maniacs in the sprinklers, and drink cold beer while beef burns on the BBQ. Also, we would make runs back into the air conditioning to cool off.
My sister would usually host the party. She and her husband are awesome hosts. They pulled out all the stops. Misters (not men, but water flowing through the air) would cool the guests sitting on the patio. Some people played boccee ball. Others played croquet.
When the sun began to set, the party would go into the street to set off safe and sane fireworks…they didn’t seem very safe nor sane to me, but they were fun.
I just love July 4th. It’s one of those holidays when you don’t have to buy presents and there’s good food to eat. It’s the day we come together as a country and celebrate the possibility of us.
I’m not here to tell you that the United States is perfect. I’m here to tell you that we have the possibility of being a great nation, and in some instances we are a great nation. We have our problems, but we have the possibility to overcome them, to grow past them, to become the nation our forefathers envisioned, or even better.
Speaking of celebrations, do you have a patriotic playlist for your July 4th shindig? A few songs on my iPod:
- America the Beautiful by Ray Charles
- Living in America by James Brown
- Pink Houses by John Cougar Melloncamp
- Yankee Rose by David Lee Roth
- R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A by John Cougar Melloncamp
What would be on your playlist? Is there anything you have to listen to while you barbeque?