We had a fun filled 4th beginning with a church picnic and then dinner and fireworks with friends. I was so excited. This was the first time my kids have ever lit fireworks themselves! Since we live right smack dab in the middle of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex it’s not legal to light fire crackers here so we’ve never had the opportunity before.
The night began as it should, with a smoke bomb! Cool!
My kids had never done sparklers! It was one of the things I was most excited for them to experience. I guess I remember playing with sparklers in Mexico when I was little, such great memories. We didn’t do fireworks many times growing up. We had animals and my father was always on red alert on the 4th that the animals wouldn’t get spooked. The first time I remember lighting fireworks myself was when a family invited me to their house to celebrate when I was about twenty four years old!
When the little kids had their fill, the older kids set off some of the mid-size fire crackers, and then at the end of the night the adults did a few big ones. It was such a neat location as neighbors all around lit fireworks. We sat around in a circle watching our kiddos and the fireworks exploding all around in the sky. We arrived home after midnight and I think it’s the only time we’ve ever arrived home with all five kiddos asleep in the van. What a great fun filled day celebrating our country’s freedom!