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Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Happy Fourth of July!!

We had our annual Fourth of July celebration at Glen's grandparents house today. These celebrations REALLY are unlike any other Fourth of July I have ever been to. Glen's Grandaddy is a Brigadier General in the Army and is the most patriotic man I know. They have been having this celebration at their house for 30 years now. Every year, Glen's Grandaddy and Grandmama invite all their family and friends (and the family and friends of those family and friends!) over (around 80 people). They even invite their local Fire Dept. They put flags and red, white, and blue decorations all over their property. We have a flag ceremony first with a drummer boy leading the pack. Pariotic music plays on the stereo and then one by one each grandchild (and now even great-grandchildren) files out from around the side of the house to place a flag into the ground in the front yard. After 8 flags are in the ground, the BIG flag is raised on the flag pole while we sing The Star Spangled Banner with music. Grandaddy always tries to shoot off this little cannon thing, but sometimes (like this year) it doesn't work. We always end the ceremony with a prayer and then we all head in the house for lunch. Of course the Fire Dept. always gets to go through the line of food first. We all eat AWESOME food and dessert. My whole family looks forward to this event every year. I'm not sure what everyone else's Fourth of July's are like, but I can't imagine doing anything else on this special day.


Blogger Cindy said...

The Strader family 4th is a special celebration! My family has been blessed to have been a part of it for atleast 20 of those 30 years. It has changed over the years -- the crowd is getting older (except for me, of course!) and it's mostly inside visiting now instead of the old days of eating out in the back yard, playing sand volleyball, horseshoes, and a water baseball game in the pool. And I do miss that TCBY cart! But we had fun again today and I'm thankful to be included in the yearly tradition. Happy 4th!

8:22 PM  
Blogger KristieSue said...

Wow! That is so awesome. I've never known any other way to celebrate other than watching the fireworks display. Maybe we should start a tradition to pass down to our kids that would really mean something and remind us all of why we celebrate the 4th of July.

9:37 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

I wish we had some family traditions on this VERY special day! Being far from our families sure doesn't help... hopefully some day.

Thanks for sharing your day!

6:56 AM  
Blogger Angel said...

That sounds like an INCREDIBLE way to celebrate the 4th! WOW! Can I join your family?! LOL! I'm glad you had another fantastic holiday!

7:15 AM  
Blogger Katherine@Raising Five said...

This is so awesome. Even with fireworks, it's not the same as celebrating it with someone who's been there. What a cool heritage. Loved the pics!

1:35 PM  
Blogger Kik said...

I love the Fourth! Your tradiiton sounds like so much fun! And what a cute family you have! I'm glad you had a great day!

7:56 PM  
Blogger theresa said...

Such a great tradition! I wish we had one like that in our family. I love the 4th of July and I super patriotic too. Happy 4th!

10:04 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

I love that y'all do that. It is wonderful. Thanks for the great idea, everyone should celebrate that way. ;)
The sunglasses are stylin'...I love the kiosks in the mall. Best sunglasses ever! :)

10:11 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

How neat! That sounds like a WONDERFUL celebration! The upate of what we did for the 4th is up on my blog!

(NOTE: I do have a blogger account but I update my blog at )

6:23 AM  

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