Happy Independence Day

Quicken Kristina
Quicken Kristina Moderator mod
edited August 2023 in The Water Cooler

It's a new month, and with it, we bring you the monthly icebreaker post. Most of my memories of Independence Day are of the fireworks at night. I grew up in an area with high fire risk in the Summer months, so pretty much everything except the tamest ground fireworks and sparklers was illegal. My family would celebrate with legal fireworks and my sister and I would get to take turns lighting them (with parental supervision). What are your memories of Independence Day?

I hope everyone had a great Independence Day!

Quicken Kristina

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  • Quicken Anja
    Quicken Anja Moderator mod

    Our 4th of July somehow manages to look a little different every year. The only “traditional” thing is that we of course eat food and do fireworks. Sometimes we do something more elaborate like a big party and other times we’ve just kept it small and mellow. But since we spend it with different people nearly every year, it definitely makes it nice to catch up with loved ones we haven’t seen in a while.

    This year we spent it BBQ-ing with extended family, and our kids had a blast!

    Hope everyone enjoyed their 4th of July this year!

    -Quicken Anja
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  • UKR
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    This year, Independence Day fireworks in my area lasted for three days. 🎇
    The city I live in is surrounded by hills on three sides. The hills are covered in brush and grasses, so dry that hot kisses can light a fire.
    Did I mention that fireworks are illegal in most cities in my county?

    The night of the fourth, fireworks were so loud and long lasting, it sounded like War of the Worlds had started.

    Luckily, there were no reports of large grass fires.

    If I had $1 for every $1000 spent on fireworks in the US, I wouldn't have to be here … 😉

  • Rocket J Squirrel
    Rocket J Squirrel SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭

    And happy Bastille Day!

    Quicken user since version 2 for DOS, now using QWin Biz & Personal Subscription (US) on Win10 Pro.

  • NotACPA
    NotACPA SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭

    My memory is of my sister's birthday … on 7/4

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    Now running Quicken Windows Subscription, Business & Personal
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  • Pedro504
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    edited July 2023

    When I was younger our family always enjoyed a huge watermelon on the 4th, Independence Day, purchased from the farmers market.

    Dad would have placed it whole and uncut in the refrigerator a few days earlier and I remember it always being sweet, juicy and ice cold. When it came time to enjoy it on the 4th he'd cut everyone a big thick and juicy half round slice.

    We had an above ground deck off the back of the house and everyone, especially the boys, would spit the big black seeds off the edge to see who could make it the farthest. The winner got bragging rights until next years contest. 🍉

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  • Frankx
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    In my area, fireworks are now legal, but they are limited as to how high and far they can travel. They were outright banned in the past. So, while there are more of them , they tend to be fairly lame.

    The 4th of July highlights are still the firework displays that our town, and the surrounding towns put on. Most folks take the car up to the high school football field and watch from a blanket. Luckily we can see the full show from the back yard, while drinking a cold beer or glass of wine!


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  • Quicken Jasmine
    Quicken Jasmine Moderator mod

    Hello Everyone,

    I would have to say that my most memorable Independence Day was last year. It was my daughter's first Fourth of July and she was OBSESSED with the fireworks. I was smart and preemptively bought her protective ear muffs. She absolutely loved the colors and everything about them. It was an amazing experience.

    This year was the same only more fun because she was older!

    -Quicken Jasmine

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