Monday, June 28, 2010


Monday, June 28, 2010

The time is almost upon us. I can already smell the heat in the air and the brats on the grill. I can hear the pop, the sizzle and the sound of a marching band as their boots (well, tennis shoes) hit the pavement in time. This is my favorite time of year. Some call it The 4th of July, I call it Independence Day. I think we can sometimes forget the meaning behind the holiday, but every parade I attend--and I attend many--reminds me never to forget.

I try to hold it in, but the tears stream down my face as the Navy band marches by, the veterans march with their canes and the firefighters drive by in their shiny trucks. I cry even more as the Dancin' Grannies groove by with dazzling smiles that light up their faces. The music skips and then stops completely, but they are not deterred...1,2,3,4 their arms are up, their arms are down, turn to the left, I turn to the right and tell my husband that that'll be me in 20-30 years. He says, "Get real."

I'm a fireworks fanatic. I love them. All of them. Whether it be the puny little ones we set off at home, or the Big Bang at the Milwaukee lakefront. I love the ooo's and ahhh's of the crowd and the barking of the dogs and the amazed look in the children's eyes. I love lying in bed and hearing the thunderous sounds of the finale on the nights I can't attend. I love Independence Day and everything that comes with it.

So how about you? What do you like about this holiday? Any dislikes?

SIS Barb aka Elle J Rossi


Edie Ramer said...

We had brats on the grill Friday night. Or Italian sausage, I'm not sure. My husband bought them and grilled them.

I never went to that parade. It sounds worth going just to see the dancing grannies!

Mary Jo said...

You should be in paradise this weekend with the holiday basically being celebrated for 3 days, or maybe 4 if one gets Friday off also.

I love the most about July 4th the remembrance of why we celebrate. I also love all the fiction which have incorporated the holiday in some manner to reflect celebrating independence.

Have fun.

SIS BJ said...

I like the family get togethers and watching children enjot the fireworks. I don't like how the loud noise scare our dogs.

SIS Brandy said...

I too love the 4th. I love the fireworks - the way they look, sound, and smell is wonderful to me. The cookouts are great also and brats are my favorite (try them with Lays jalepeno cheese dip on yummy)!

I've never been to an Independence Day parade. I don't think we have any around home.

Tori Lennox said...

I keep giggling over the "brats" on the grill because my first inclination is to read it as brats as in bratty children. *g*

I'm feeling especially patriotic this year. Our town had their 4th of July picnic this past weekend. They used to hold it on the actual day but they switched so it wouldn't interfere with other towns in the area's festivities. I slept through the parade (it started too early for me), but I sure heard the town's fireworks. Sounded like bombs going off in the backyard! :) I did worry about our neighbors shooting fireworks off, though, because we're technically under a burn ban and I was afraid they could set somebody's house on fire because it's so dry here.

Elle J Rossi said...


The Dancin' Grannies are just plain fun! I love how they're out there living life.

Elle J Rossi said...

Mary Jo,

I actually will be in paradise. We're headed to Florida for our family vacation, so not only will it be fireworks at the beach, but also fireworks with my sister! I'm so excited and YES! I love heat and humidity!!!

Elle J Rossi said...


The only fireworks I don't care for are sparklers. I still remember stepping on them with my bare feet. I know I should have worn shoes, but we hated shoes! Do your kids like sparklers?

Elle J Rossi said...


That sounds delicious. Pair that with a Smirnoff Ice and I'm totally in!

Elle J Rossi said...


Stop grilling children. Someone may call the authorities!

Beth Ciotta said...

Somehow I just lost a long post that I typed. So... in short.... This year I'm flying home to Indiana for July 4th weekend. Bummed I won't see Barb and Bren but super excited about seeing the rest of the family. Staying with Brandy and she promised Omar will show us a good time on the 4th! Can't wait!

SIS Beth

Elle J Rossi said...


Omar and Brandy are the festivities King and Queen. I have no doubt that you will thoroughly enjoy yourself. Make sure you roast marshmallows!

Alyson Reuben said...

The parade sounds like it was a lot of fun, Elle. I remember you telling me that you cried while watching it. That's so sweet. I usually shed a few tears during patriotic events, too. You know how I am about all things military. Did you, by chance, see a Bertie-like woman in the Dancin' Grannies? lol

My small town has a great fireworks show on Independence Day (it's our best event besides the Fall Carnival and Christmas Festival of Lights). And I'm proud to say they don't skimp on the goods. The show lasts 45 minutes. And the fireworks are a continual extravaganza of flashing lights and booms. The one at the end always resembles an American flag, which is absolutely amazing. People who are driving down the interstate and local highway often pull over to watch.

We're lucky, because we get a front row seat from our front porch.

Elle J Rossi said...

That sounds fantastic, Alyson. I'd love to sit on your porch and watch. Maybe we can make that happen one of these years.

As far as seeing Bertie. Nope. No one quite like her, but I'm always on the look out.

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