We're celebrating the nation's independence in my part of the world (North Carolina, USA) with old-fashioned Fourth of July festivities.
I love our town's fireworks display in the Symphony Lake park. The NC Symphony supplies its traditional 1812 Overture for the grand finale. Cannon, too!
Later, we watch crowds at televised celebrations from New York, Boston, and Washington, D.C.
Everybody having fun. Waving flags. Listening to stirring music. Glad to be living in this amazing nation.
Before trees grew so large, we sat on our porch to ohhh and ahhh over the pops and fiery sights. We still hang out on the porch, listening to pyrotechnics and glimpsing only their highest sparkles between treetops. But even that peek is enough.
The Fourth is one of the few times of year I put aside my healthy eating habits Yep. Load up those carbs and calories for one night; I'm not afraid!
Hot dogs. JM's famous to-die-for baked beans that are the hit at block picnics. Corn on the cob. Pasta salad. Banana pudding. Our baker friends bring more tasty desserts (I cannot bake!) and join us for potluck on the porch.
We munch and mingle. Fireworks provide the background as conversation flows on a hot Southern night.
Hey, we saved you a plate of baked beans and 'naner pudding. Thanks a ton for dropping by. Have a sparkling-good start to your July.
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