Independence Day is cause to celebrate being an American, whether you were born here or emigrated for the promise of a better life. Don't let this Fourth of July pass by without a proper celebration.
Sarah on planning ahead:
If you wake up on the Fourth wondering what to do, it's probably not going to be too memorable. Take a few minutes this week to plan some activities that will make the day feel special. If you're stumped for ideas, break down the day into four parts: a special morning event (often a parade); a lunchtime or afternoon event; dinner; and fireworks.
Our favorite tradition is to start the day with flag-shaped pancakes. Blueberries and bacon serve as the stars and stripes on the rectangular "flag" pancakes. Then we take in a small-town parade and have an afternoon barbecue with good friends we don't get to see often. We top off the day with fireworks - sometimes a big show, and sometimes a little one. No matter the size, fireworks are always a treat.