Fourth of July 2015

20150704_213713This was simply a perfect day, we spent the morning at a local flea market and although we did not buy much, enjoyed the atmosphere very much. Next a couple inning baseball game along with some swimming made for a fun afternoon. Toss in a barbecue for lunch and a pizza dinner, we finally headed into the evening where the fireworks were non stop for hours, constantly one after another, probably the best fireworks display I ever saw, certainly the longest. James continued his mini tradition of watching some of the fireworks while in his pool, then contributed to the noise with some fire crackers of his own. Sparklers seemed to be the big hit for him, since fireworks have become legal we sort of forgot about sparklers, but James enjoyed them.

The next day we read in the paper that damage had been caused to a home in Dearborn and Lincoln Park by the neighborhood firework display. I guess there is a price for the free show after all.
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Edited: July 4th, 2015

4th of July 2014

20140704_221606James found a new way to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, in his pool. James got to witness quite a show as the rockets were red glare most of the night July 4th. The new law makes it legal to shoot off most any type of firework and to be honest it sounded like a war zone in the city. Spectacular displays as close as a few houses away made this a very special Fourth of July.

With the combination of the pool and the fireworks James agreed that this was probably one of his favorite Fourths ever. Later we set off our own fireworks out front (with the pool in the back we did not want to take any chances). Mom joined us as we stayed up till almost midnight fighting the mosquito’s and having a great Fourth of July holiday!

Everyone enjoyed sleeping in the next day as we all “seized the moment” this year!

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Edited: July 4th, 2014

4th of July Evening Fireworks

fireworksboxThis was the first year we let James light off his own fireworks. He picked out some at the fireworks shop (there are so many now that fireworks are legal in Michigan) and Dad picked out some classics such as the tank and those black worms.

Well, the new tanks stink, they do not roll and only shoot sparks, and the worms were almost impossible to light.

James used special firework lighter sticks that reminded me alot of insect repellants – they were only a nickel each – but that way he did not have to deal with a live flame.

Again, we did not use sparklers, Dad remembers those sparkles burning when he was a kid.

All in all a great 4th of July celebration
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Edited: July 4th, 2013

4th of July 2013 Parade

20130704_160820James and his family attended the 2013 Colon 4th of July Parade. The visit began at the park, then moved to the parade grounds where we watched the largest parade of emergency vehicles that we hav ever seen, then a trip to the magic shop, then the midway where James shot 8 holes of Putt Putt golf and played several games, lunch at the diner, then back to the midway where James won a cake in a cake walk, and then finally back home in time to do fireworks – after everyone had ice cream of course.

The red, white and blue flowers were a gift for Mom from James!

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Edited: July 4th, 2013

4th of July 2011

For the last few years we have spent the Fourth of July in Colon MI with friends but this year we stayed home because James wanted to have his own fireworks show. A quick trip to Walmart got us a package of cool fireworks that we lit off at night. Although our little firework show was small, there were lots of other fireworks going on by other neighbors that created a great atmosphere.

James thoroughly enjoyed the fireworks and the entire evening of festivities as afterwards we enjoyed a late nite snack prepared by Mom and watched more celebrations from the front window.
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Edited: July 4th, 2011

4th of July in Colon

The Fourth of July celebration in Colon is truly a marvel for the year. Our family and I had a wonderful time again. Our day began at 11am watching the parade go down main street from the high school. Our friends Walter and Mary Weaver were gracious host so we had a front row seat for most of the activities. There were many highlights of the parade but most of our group felt the flyover by the jets was the best part.

Once the parade ended and we took a short break, then went down for the festivities which included many games and activities including a couple new ones. Our group then hooked up for a magic show at Abbott’s where we enjoyed a wonderful performance by Gordon Miller.

Special thanks to Walter and Mary Weaver for having us. Thanks to Grandma for joining us as well.
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Edited: July 4th, 2010

4th of July Parade 2009

Our annual trek to Colon Michigan for the 4th of July Parade came about, and once again James had a blast. We did not take as many pics this time so we could enjoy the fun, but probably the highlight of the day came at the dunk tank. James just had a blast throwing balls at the guy in the dunk tank, and when he fell into the water he would laugh and laugh. I was so entertained by the event I did not even think about getting out the camera, oh well. Needless to say, a fun time was had by all including the parents. If you ever are looking for something different to do on the 4th, give the little town of Colon Michigan a try.
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Edited: July 4th, 2009

4th of July Parade 2008

This is Colon MI, the Magic Capital of the World, and each year they have a huge parade and festival to celebrate the 4th. James has a blast each time he comes here. There is also a arts and craft show with games for kids and prizes for them as well. After the parade, and golf, and swimming, we finished up the day at our friends Walter and Mary’s house where they had a barbecue until the evening fireworks show began. James slept all the way home after staying up for the fireworks, a better night sleep was never had by anyone I think.
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Edited: July 4th, 2008