Every year, folks all across the U.S. celebrate the independence of our nation from British rule. There are family gatherings and parades, barbecues and fireworks, memorials and air shows. As a kid, any excuse to run around outside, jump into pools, and watch adults launch rockets is gold, but once you hit your 20s the fourth feels a little less... exciting. Thankfully, 4th of July is more fun as a mom, so any "been there, done that" feelings go right out the proverbial window when you have children of your won.
As a kid, I recall most of my Independence Day festivities revolving around my family. Our nation's "birthday" is also my cousin’s birthday, so we’d usually go to her house for an all-day gathering of celebration and festivities. As I grew older, however, everyone started going their separate ways. By the time I hit my early 20s, I was mostly interested in getting together with friends over beer, barbecue, and reruns of the Will Smith classic, Independence Day.
Truth be told, the 4th of July started to feel a bit stale after a few years. Now that I have my son, though, it’s fun to get to pass on some of the old traditions I used to enjoy, and experience them through his eyes. While my feelings on our nation and its “independence” are a bit complex, for now I’m enjoying simply taking part in some Americana-style fun with my little one. If you’re celebrating the 4th as a mom, you might be able to relate: