We took a break from our typical 4th of July parade tradition, and instead participated in our neighborhood bike parade. Not quite as spectacular as the grand parade, but the kids probably enjoyed it just as much (and Aaron was much happier not having to spend the night out in the street to secure our seats!).
We took advantage of some free food, music, and entertainment at our neighborhood party.
At dusk, we invited our good friends to join us for a home fireworks display. We had brownies and root beer floats and let the kids throw millions of pop-its, light sparklers, and throw smoke bombs and ground flowers for hours. It was a simple celebration, but good friends and good food are always a winning combination.