Memory Monday – Fourth of July

Since today is the Fourth of July I knew I wanted to share a childhood Independence Day memory but couldn’t really come up with one.

About the best my memory was giving me was laying on my back on a blanket by the flag football fields of my hometown watching fireworks.

Red Fireworks

The Fourth of July memory that sticks out the most in my mind happened about 10 years ago and it was memorable for all the wrong reasons.

My wife and I decided to take our kids out to eat and then park near a local casino to watch fireworks because they usually have a great display.  We had a nice meal and then found a great spot right as it was getting dark.

That’s also about the time that I started to not feel so good. My first instinct was to pack up and go home but decided against it.  After all, I didn’t want to deprive my kids of their annual fireworks watching tradition.

By the time the fireworks were going off I was ready to leave but we stayed.  I’m sure there was a green glow coming off my face and it wasn’t because of the reflection from the fireworks. 🙁

They lasted an excruciatingly long time… at least in my mind.

I had our area packed up and ready to go by the final kaboom.  Beating the traffic out of the area was my main goal.  Didn’t matter.  We got stuck in it anyway.

I don’t remember much of the rest of the night… and that’s probably a good thing because I think what I had was a case of food poisoning.

To this day I can’t think of fireworks and not think of that story.  It’s funny now… but it sure wasn’t then!

What 4th of July memory sticks out most for you?

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