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Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July

From Pamela and Tina at Roadrunner Florist & Basket Express!

Happy 4th of July

I love the old joke: Do they celebrate the 4th of July around the world? OF COURSE THEY DO!

But not the way we do in America! It’s our day to CELEBRATE the birthday of our amazing country.

There are so many way to celebrate that we thought we’d list a few.

#1 is the Traditional American picnic.  People gather in parks and backyards for hot dogs, hamburgers, and lots and lots of great food!  You’d be surprised how many people fill the parks in the heat of the desert on the 4th of July!

4th of July Picnic

#2 is probably Fireworks! Cities across the country actually compete for the largest, most beautiful fireworks displays! The faces of children as the ooohhh and aaahhh are surpassed only by the excitement in the air!

4th of July Fireworks

#3 is a parade. Everyone loves a parade. A traditional 4th of July parade is filled with red, white and blue, from Uncle Sam to ponies to clowns. And flowers! Did I mention the flowers?

Independence Day Parade

#4 is a visit to a National Memorial Cemetery, where we remember the soldiers who died so we could be free. We honor them today, and every day, and thank them for their service to our country.

National Memorial     Red White Blue Tribute

#5 is a Patriotic concert. Cities and town across the country sponsor patriotic concerts in honor of the 4th of July. The City of Glendale, AZ, sponsors a summer band that plays an amazing (and free) patriotic concert on Thursday, July 2, at the bandshell in downtown Glendale (Murphy Park) at 8 p.m. Bring your lawn chair, your children, your dog, and join the band and the choir in the American fun!

Pamela plays the Clarinet

#6 is up to you. How do you celebrate the 4th of July? We’d love to hear from you!!



  1. Same back to you Abbie… oh yes, and to Tina also (LOL)

    Emma, Jack & Errol

    • Happy 4th of July to you, too, Emma and Jack!! Oh, yes, and to you, Errol!! We hope to see you this weekend at the Doggie Park!!
      Abbie (and Tina, too!)

  2. For us, in a time to relax and just slow down enough to enjoy family time together! Happy 4th of July!

    • I hope you take a moment to wish America a happy birthday!! enjoy your family!

  3. Happy 4th of july to you too! though it’s only the 2nd july today?
    This post is so awesome, the gif in the start is se manifique. I would love to attend each one of the 5 4th of July celebrations you mentioned above. They sound like so much fun. Our major fireworks event is Diwali 🙂

    • Wow!! Yes, it’s only the 2nd of July, but I knew if I waited to send this it might bounce around the world and we might miss it!! I hope you enjoy your celebrations!

  4. Happy 4h July. Have an amazing day .xx

    • Thanks, Anna!! I’m looking forward to a wonderful weekend of red, white and blue!

  5. How nice! I am not American, happy independence day when it comes, the festivities sounds amazing

    • Thanks!! I understand there are people from all around the world who share the Internet, and our celebration is limited to here. I hope you have an amazing 4th of July wherever you are (and an amazing 5th of July and 6th of July, too!)

  6. Happy 4th of July to you all over in the US 🙂 x

    • Thanks, Sarah!! I think we sometimes forget that while we celebrate our nation’s birthday it’s a “regular” day around the world!

  7. I think it’s funny, of course other countries celebrate their own independence day, and we all have different dates. Anyway, July 4th has always been fun because it’s the day people come together to enjoy each other’s company, have good food and basically just celebrate for the rest of the day!

    • I’m with you, Elizabeth. I think it’s funny, too, because obviously there is a 4th of July everywhere! We choose to celebrate it as America’s birthday with fireworks and cookouts!

  8. Where is the national memorial cementary? Happy 4th of July! Wohoo!

    • National (in Phoenix) is on Cave Creek and Pinnacle Peak Road. It’s quite a place, very desolate and respectful. I’ve never been to Arlington. This is the closest way we have to offer respect to our local veterans.

  9. Sadly we don’t celebrate that here in the Philippines. IT seems like such a big thing to do though. I always admired how things are when I see it on TV shows and movies.

    • Gee, I’m kinda surprised. I think the celebration is a great way to say Happy Birthday!! Do you set off fireworks at new years?

  10. Going to family’s house for a cookout. Then to the fireworks in the pm!

    • That’s a great way to have spent the 4th of July! I hope you had a wonderful holiday!

  11. This is my first summer being in America for the 4th and I am looking forward to the firework display tonight! Should be a lot of fun.

  12. I’ve celebrated in each of those ways over the years, but this year it’s rainy, so I’m celebrating with a nap. Truthfully, we did a cookout and game night last night though.

    • It’s a good thing we were able to celebrate America’s birthday all weekend so you could both cook out and nap!! I hope you watched Yankee Doodle Dandy on TV!

  13. Happy 4th to you! We use it as family time. BBQ, picnic, fireworks and also, some rest and relaxation!

    • That’s a great way to spend the holiday! I hope you remembered to think about America. When I heard the National Anthem played on the National Mall I was in tears … joy that we are 240 years old and prayers that we receive God’s help as we go forward.

  14. We spent the day with family. Having a picnic, swimming, and ending the day with a prayer for our nation and fireworks.

    • I think that was a great way to spend the day!! Too many people forget that the reason for the celebration is the birthday of our great country!

  15. My family is military so we usually head on post to celebrate and watch the fireworks show. It is so much fun and the vibe is one of a kind! Sad that we will miss it this year since my husband has to work.

    • I hope you were able to enjoy the holiday yesterday. Thank you to you and your family for your service to our country!

  16. Happy 4th! I bet you all had fun and enjoyed good foods 🙂

  17. I lived in Florida for seven years, so 4th of July was HUGE for my family. We used to go to the beach and have a big family cookout! Now I just watch my Facebook feed to see what my family and friends in the states are doing lol

    • Oh, Marielle, that’s funny!! I’ll bet it was much more fun at the beach than watching it on Facebook!!

  18. On the 4th we gather with family. We order pizza and swim in the pool.

    • That sounds like so much fun, Leigh Ann!! I hope you had a marvelous 4th of July!!

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