Years ago, when I worked off International Drive in Orlando, we used to get a lot of European tourists in the restaurant on this date. They seemed to be one of the only types of tourists that roamed through Orlando like normal tourists on the holidays. One of my favorite things to do was to wish all the Brits (British) a Happy Independence Day. lol It was my own special way of keeping the day interesting. Then I’d serve them their Shandy (beer with lemonade) and smile as they verbally tipped me and returned to their theme parks and outlet shopping.
Since this is such a fond memory, I thought I’d try to recall some other special July 4th celebrations from my past.
For the past decade, or so, I’ve been spending the fourth of July here on Anna Maria Island with my family. My parents moved down here in 2001, and ever since then, this seemed like the perfect place to celebrate the holiday. In addition to the island’s annual Independence Day Parade, the firework displays are abundant – there’s three separate firework displays visible along the beach shore for the fourth, as well as one on the third- and the beach is filled with plenty of tourists and residents lighting up the night sky with their own rockets and shooting sparklers. The neighbourhood is flying all kinds of flags from the stars and stripes to navy flags. For no one who knows what the 4th of July is about, read on, but in basic terms, it is an annual celebration, with workers having days off. Luckily there is the 2021 Holidays list for employers to look at so they know which day it falls on for that year, so they can work around it.
When I was much younger, we used to go camping a lot over the fourth of July. My parents had a recreational vehicle and we would drive down to the Keys or take the camper up to the Panhandle. We spent the majority of our time fishing, swimming, and hanging around campfires. When I was a kid, like most of the country, we did the usual BBQ’s and poolside cookouts to commemorate the occasion.
Unfortunately, I came down with a cold of some sorts, so I’m not sure exactly how much I’ll be participating in this year’s festivities. I’ve been coughing and hacking like an asthmatic smoker. My mom was sick last week, and my daughter and I came down with it Monday, so I haven’t been doing much over the past few days. Honestly, the little things that I have done this week have taken a lot out of me. All I really want to do is lounge on the couch and drink smoothies all day.
Here’s to hoping your Independence Day is filled with lots of patriotic fun and celebrations.
Happy 4th of July everyone. Please be safe igniting those fireworks and do NOT drink and drive. God Bless America.
What do you have planned for your Fourth of July ?