My family and I have developed a bit of a tradition over the past few years for the 4th of July. It's one of my most favorite traditions that we have. We go see a movie, go out to eat, and then go watch the fireworks- this year was no different. We went to see Inside Out (which by the way is FANTASTIC- I don't want to give away anything for those of you who haven't seen it, so all I'll say is Bing Bong is definitely one of my favorite characters). Then we went out to eat, which unlike other years, was surprisingly relaxing. Usually all of the restaurants are overly crowded with people who are grumpy due to the extreme heat outside, but for some reason this year they weren't. We had maybe a five minute wait, and then we were seated.
Once we were done eating we still had some time to kill until the firework show would begin, so we decided to go to Barnes & Noble, where I of course had to pick up a new book... This time I got The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway. Ever since I was required to read A Farewell to Arms in my 9th grade English class I've been obsessed with his style of writing.
Once we had looked through nearly every aisle in Barnes and Noble (including the movie section) we decided to head back to the car. Usually we park directly next to the field where they shoot the fireworks off from, but this year we decided to scoot back just a tiny bit because where we used to park was TOO close. We were constantly being hit with falling debris, which took the fun away, due to the fact that the falling debris was typically still on fire.
Then about forty minutes later the fireworks were all done, and we had to sit in the fantastic post event traffic (it took us an HOUR just to get out of the parking lot). Overall this day was just as wonderful as all of the past 4th of July's. Happy 239th birthday, America! (P.S. Sorry for how late this post is!)
-Melissa P. Cooper