I love 4th of July. The last couple years J has tried to be off because he knows how much I enjoy it. There are parades and picnics to attend, fireworks and this year we went to a colonial fair. I think it is a perfect time to reflect on what this country should stand for. This year I actually started my day reading "The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro," by Frederick Douglass. Sometimes you need a gut punch. The truth is that when this country was founded it wasn't founded for the majority of the people living in it. But you know what we learned, and slowly, oh so slowly we started to apply the principles on which the country was founded to all the citizens who live here. It hasn't be perfect and the truth is I've come to realize that it isn't something you can assume as a guarantee but it is definitely something worth striving for. So I remember this day with reverence, the reverence for those who sacrificed for Independence and the reverence for our my in staying true to the ideas of hope this country was founded on.
We like to go home to celebrate. It is fun to be around family and also truth be told the fireworks are just better in Utah.
We started our day sorting out our entertainment for the night. Uncle Rob went to the parade but he had to be there at 5am and most of us just had zero interest in waking up that early. Instead we went to the colonial fair with Grandma and Grandpa. Here Cheetah and Grandpa are meeting Ben. A kid asked him what his real name is. "Benjamin Franklin." he said. I'm going to be honest I wouldn't be surprised one bit if he has legal changed it. Also I couldn't look at him without thinking about that saucy Ben Franklin in The Office.
They had lots of activities. There was a museum of clothing from the time period, food to buy, rope makers, candle makers, story tellers, brass sellers, a blacksmith, stores to buy antiques, just lots of really fun stuff. They also had a mission the kids could do where they could be spies for the
In the afternoon we went back to Grandpas and the kids looked for fossils in some fossil gravel we brought back from Montana.