One of my favorite pictures from when I was kid is of me in a nightgown holding a sparkler as far away from my body as possible. I've joked to my parents that I probably knew my pajamas circa 1979 weren't flame retardant. Now it seems like more families go see fireworks rather than setting them off at home and it's probably a much safer option.
No matter what your plans are for the Fourth of July weekend, it can be a great way to form lasting memories with your children. I loved going to fireworks displays as a kid because it meant I got to stay up extra late while hanging out with my friends.
We live in a place where it doesn't actually feel like summer until the Fourth of July rolls around - the temperature has topped out in the mid 60s all last week - so the beginning of July really signals the beginning of summer weather for us. My family is planning the all-American barbecue with a bit of kayaking before the food fest. We'll skip the sparklers, but won't skimp on other holiday fun.
What does your family love about the Fourth of July?