As you read this, I am with my mom on a plane to Las Vegas so we can spend the 4th with my dad. We’re having dinner at my favorite restaurant at the Rio (not my favorite because of the food, but because of the amazing views) where we will hopefully be able to watch the fireworks display on the Strip.
4th of July almost always conjures up happy memories.
Last year, my family and I were also in Las Vegas. Along with the students from my parents’ summer program, we picnicked at Mt. Charleston in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. This is a great place to visit if you’re ever in Sin City. It’s less than an hour from the Strip and is the antithesis of everything in the Vegas valley. There pine trees, cool breezes, and (in winter) skiing! While the valley below blusters at 100+ degrees, Mt. Charleston is easily thirty degrees cooler. Definitely a place to spend a holiday.
A few years ago, when we lived in Colorado, we made the trek out to Greeley for the Independence Day Stampede. Again, we picnicked (on a blanket I made myself) and watched the rodeo--one of the biggest in the world.
When I worked at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival (1998), my friends and I took a blanket and laid out on the lawn near the University of Colorado stadium, watching the fireworks and gossiping about the company’s actors.
4th of July is a day made for picnicking and friends and families.
I hope you get to make some happy memories this Independence Day. I know I will. (And I will share them when I get back!)