Welcome friends and Happy 4th of July! Our family really doesn't have any special traditions for the 4th. My parents owned one of the three mom and pop grocery stores in our community. I mean really old fashioned, penny candy, penny cookies, gas was .29 a gallon. Everyone had a charge account. Most folks did not have a car so daddy would pick families up on the first of the month, they would pay the previous month's bill and buy that month's groceries. Every 4th of July daddy would get a truck load of watermelons. As each family would load into the truck for daddy to drive them home, daddy would always say to the youngest child, go pick out any watermelon and if you can carry it to the truck you can have it for free.
The smaller the child the bigger the watermelon they would pick out. Everyone would have the best time watching the child struggling with the watermelon, some watermelons rolled into the middle of the highway. Some watermelons were dropped and split in half and some watermelons actually made it to the truck.
Of course daddy gave every family a 4th of July watermelon.
My Daddy was retired from the Army.
My husband is retired from the Air Force.
I am thankful every day that I am allowed to live free in this glorious land!
Do you have any special 4th of July memories or traditions?