Tradition. I can't say (or type) that word without a musical refrain from Fiddler on the Roof popping up in my brain (if you've seen it, you know what I'm talking about).
Our 4th of July is full of them.
Every year the extended family congregates at my parents house. We swim in the afternoon, eat dinner in the barn and stay for fireworks. At some point the boys head out to the field to play baseball with a tennis ball (after all, it's tradition).
The fireworks show is provided by a local lake which we can see from my parents home. We all climb up on the roof of the house (at least the younger members of the family do) for a better view, and belt out patriotic songs as the fireworks fill the sky.
And, every year we have a few traditional conversations.
Before the fireworks actually start we worry that the trees have grown too high (between us and the lake) and we won't be able to see the fireworks.
During the fireworks we always think the "grand finale" has just happened. Words like "Oh, this has to be the grand finale." are heard only to be answered back with more fireworks.
Some things never get old - 4th of July traditions being one of them!
I hope you all had a Happy 4th! What are some of your favorite traditions?