When the end of June rolls around I’m left thinking about one thing: the Fourth of July. I don’t know if it’s the fireworks, good food, good people, or the increased number of American flags hanging up- it’s my absolute favorite holiday.
Some of my very best memories growing up include the Fourth of July. My family and I would wake up early to get ready for one of the local parades, putting on the classic Old Navy American flag shirts that virtually everyone would wear. We would drive to my aunt and uncle’s house to walk down to the parade with my cousins and other family friends. To this day I can still pick out the corner we would put all our chairs on as we would wait for the parade to get started and, most importantly, the candy we would collect and eat way too quickly!
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve found myself loving the holiday even more, but for a different number of reasons.
I love the way that the American flags line up and flow in the wind on the bridges near my house. I love getting together with friends or family and hanging out by the pool, beach, or wherever thinking that life couldn’t get any sweeter than this. I love the way we can still gather together as Americans on one night to stare into the sky, “oohing” and “ahhing” at the beauty and wonder that bursts out of the sky during a fireworks show. Finally, I love the sense of pride I get knowing I’m lucky enough to wake up as an American on another Independence Day.
Now, I know what you’re all thinking; “The Fourth of July isn’t really your favorite holiday.” I know there are Christmas and Thanksgiving that also bring people together, but I truly hands-down pick Independence Day for the sheer fact that I feel truly blessed to wake up in this beautiful country every single day.
I hope that wherever you’re celebrating this Fourth of July, that you stop to think of the true reason. Maybe you too will have that Fourth of July feeling that I love so much.
Krystal, With a “K”