With the Fourth of July around the corner, I have been reflecting on some of my own traditions for the holiday. Growing up, my family owned a boat and we visited many local lakes around the KC area. My childhood memories of the fourth always consisted of waking up early to help get ready for a lake day! We all were allowed to bring a friend for the day (limited boat space), and I was usually in charge of making and packing the sandwiches and snacks. We would get out onto the lake usually around 11 or 12 and the madness would begin. I would always call dibs to tube first and challenge my sister to join me on the other double tube. We would battle while dad flung us around the lake doing his “crazy eight” boat driving move. One person would fly off and smack the water pretty hard, no tears involved because we were used to this motion. After the lake, we would shoot off some small fireworks around the house while dad finished smoking some ribs and mom made her famous baked beans. After age 16, my family sold our boat and we’ve then created new memories being pool side while keeping family close and the same food traditions.
While reflecting on my own memories of the fourth, as an adult I have loved to learn about other people’s traditions for the day. Since we never really participated in the city aspect for the holiday, I have deeply enjoyed learning what KC has to offer as well. One that first comes to mind is the KC RiverFest down in Berkley Riverfront Park. It has always been the place to flock to with live music, street performers, tasty street food and of course an amazing fireworks display that could be seen all the way down at Union Station.
I would assume lots of people will also sweat their butts off going to the Royals game on the afternoon of the 4thor perhaps Worlds of Fun that also offers a fun display at night. Rooftop patios might be your go to like John’s Big Deck or Updown and Percheron to catch some sights of big booms. But this week I challenge you to write me back with stories of your family traditions for the 4thof July. I find most people I have chatted with have some fun family stories of something they associate the day with and while going to any of those festivals above will be stellar, I would love to hear some more personal stories from you this week. Don’t be shy, reach out and share your traditions. I would love to know what makes this day unique and special to you!
Until Next Week,