I love the 4th of July. For me, the 4th doesn’t include BBQ’s, beer, or even lots of fireworks, but it does involve a lot of traditions. My family has celebrated the 4th the same way every year and I LOVE it. You can’t beat Christmas traditions, but our 4th of July traditions hold a close second.
Every year our 4th of July celebration happens at the Water Front Park in Beaufort, SC. But we don’t venture to the main area, we go to the small patch across the street where the cannons are located. This area is special because it is where my dad proposed to my mom. It became the permanent location for our celebration and it’s most recently become the location for our yearly wedding anniversary photo.
We load up a fancy insulated picnic basket on wheels and typically make a stop on the way in for delicious lemonade and/or Maryland’s Fried Chicken. In recent years we’ve upgraded from sitting on a blanket on the grass to a fold out table and chairs. We keep it classy with a table cloth. My dad always makes sure to bring a small flag that fits on the stand he made to serve as our center piece.
The sight seeing
You would think after 30+ years of picnics we would have seen all there is to see, but we always go looking. Some years we walk but recent years we’ve ridden in the car. (Beaufort gets insanely hot and air conditioning is a must have.) The park is located in downtown historic Beaufort, so we ride around the neighborhood and view the 100+ year old houses. We point out our favorites and see what’s changed. My mom grew up in one of the old houses so we drive by and see how it’s doing. In recent years, a new family moved in and completely remodeled/upgraded it. They painted it an ugly color, but they did a good job of preserving the look.