Why the 4th of July is My Favorite Holiday

4th of July has always been my favorite holiday & the start of summertime for me.

As a kid, there was no more school, no worries of having to go or do anything & the day was long with lots of activities. It always has sunshine, family, barbecues and fireworks. Everyone has a good time. I enjoy & embrace it for these reasons and so many more now that I am an adult.

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I know people have lots of plans going on this 4th of July, so I want to keep my story short & share something a bit more personal.

Growing up, summertime was fun with three other siblings. We didn’t have much, so we played outside a lot, made our own adventures and went on a ton of camping trips with our parents & friends. When 4th of July came around, summer was in full swing with good food, family time and the outdoors.

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We would go to the big, white fireworks tent and get a few packs to light off & then get a couple big grand finale fireworks to set off at the very end. Sparklers included of course.

Fireworks aren’t the main reason I love this holiday.

My parents had some tough love for one another when I was growing up. They had four kids at a young age, never a lot of money & alcohol addiction also played a factor. As much stress and hardship as there was, we had a lot of happy memories too. The 4th was always one of them.

I looked forward to the long, hot day with smoke bombs, pop-its & loved ones. It was a guaranteed happy day. A day to enjoy myself as a kid knowing that there wasn’t going to be turmoil or fighting. We would always make plans for this day, regardless of the hard times we were in.

Then, at 14 years old, my 4th of July would be changed forever.

After many years of battling with one another, my parents made their divorce official the summer I entered high school. My sister, brother and I hopped on a plan that summer on a toasty 4th of July night.

To “help” make the ease & transition smoother, we spent 2 months with my Grandma & Grandpa in Pennsylvania that summer. I sat & watched the mortars from a plane window. They were the size of a baseball from the sky. The plane ride was a long, but soothing one.

I felt a weight lift off my shoulders sitting there with my siblings. Though many would say that this would be a sad memory, I look at it is a sense of renewal. It was our refresh & restart and it just so happened to a fall on the 4th.

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Many years later, I am happy to have the relationships that I do with my parents. I love them both very much & they have taught me to be who I am today. One of the biggest things they have both shown me is the importance of being with family. They will always be there for you no matter what.

This Independence Day, even if you aren’t with family, remember how much you love them & give them a call today. It is a day to celebrate together & to create memories on this summer holiday. How do you like to celebrate today?

Take Care,

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  • Such a good reminder that we usually hear almost exclusively during the winter holidays. Thanks for the reminder. Life is too short not to take a few minutes to call loved ones once in a while.

    • Thank you Betsy for taking a minute to read. It’s always nice to get a call, especially on a summer holiday. I hope you had a great 4th of July 😊

  • I’m Canadian, so the fourth of July ins’t on my radar. I do, however, quite enjoy Canada Day because its such great kickstart to the summer with friends and family. I hope to make more of it in the years to come.

    • Thank you for sharing! Anything with friends and family is a plus 😍😉

  • Glad that you viewed your july 4th experience on a positive way. You have a beautiful family .

    • Thank you for reading and taking your time to do so. My family is very special. It is always important to look at the bright things in life 😊

  • Thank you so much for sharing! I appreciate you giving such a personal look into your family life and what has structured how you feel about the 4th. Take care and thanks again for sharing.

    • Thank you for reading my post. It can be tough sharing personal moments, but it was refreshing to do so. Take care as well 😊

  • Love how you turned it around and made it positive. Tough times that made you grow. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • Thank you for reading Amanda 🙂 yes it is always important to learn something whether it is good or bad. Everything happens for a reason is what I say. Take care.

  • What a beautiful story. Isn’t it interesting how sometimes those moments that should crush your spirit actually do the exact opposite? Hope you and your family had a lovely 4th. *hugs*

    • Thank you for taking a moment to read my blog 😊❤ it was definitely a life event that made me who I am today. Hope you had a wonderful 4th as well 🎆

  • Thank you for sharing this! I love how you were able to see it as a positive experience & used it to relax

    • Thank you for reading 😊 yes it is always good to take the positive in everything.

  • Nicole Anderson

    It was really a pleasure to read the family moments you shared and understand more about you. We all have dates that mean something special to us for a variety of reasons and it was nice to read your story in this respect. Also good to make the acquaintance of a fellow camper and lover of the outdoors!

    • Thank you Nicole for taking time to read my post. It was tough at times, but also refreshing to write it all out. We have a trip planned for ens of August. Can’t wait 🌲💚

  • Wow, I’m in awe with this. I loved everything about it. This was a really great personal story. Thank you for sharing this! I can’t wait to read more!

  • Thank you for taking your time to read my story. It was tough at times, but it is always good to write things out and share with others 😊 take care and look forward to connecting!

  • thank you for sharing this beautiful story!

    • Thank you for taking a moment to read 😊 hope you had a great 4th!

    • Thank you for taking your time to read my story. It was tough at times, but it is always good to write things out and share with others 😊 take care and look forward to connecting!

  • Such a sweet story. I’m so glad you were able to keep a good relationship with both of your parents.

    • Thank you for taking a minute to read my story. It isn’t always easy, but I try to make the best of things. Take care.

  • Amy

    Hi Katie, this post had the element of the unexpected. Where many would see the sadness and might dislike or even despise a holiday associated with sadness, you continue to focus on family and fun family memories, regardless of how it changed. Living with such positive perspective is a gift that I hope you keep forever! Cheers

    • Wow Amy I can’t thank you enough for the kind words and taking your time to read my story. I like to try and look at the positive always. Being optimistic makes such a difference in life. Take care 😊❤

  • Auntie Lori

    ❤️ you Katie!! Enjoy your blogs.

    • Thank you for taking time to read my blog 😍❤ that means a lot Auntie!

  • We have something simular in Australia – Australia Day so thats our big celebration 🙂

    • How fun! I bet it is a nice celebration. Hope you can enjoy it with family ❤

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  • Diana

    I’m so very proud of you and always having a positive outlook on life. I love you!

  • I’m from London so the 4th July is not celebrated here. I’d love to visit the US over the celebrations once though. Must be an amazing experience 🙂

    • It is a lot of fun! Lots of good food, fireworks and family. Thank you for taking a minute to read 😊❤

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  • What an awesome post and it really looks so much fun holiday I want to experience this too.

    • The 4th is always a good time. Thank you for reading 😊