Celebrating the 4th

This year we didn't really know how we wanted to spend the 4th of July. Less and less do we enjoy fighting the crowds for a seat at the parade, which has grown exponentially over the years. And it's especially less fun when the temperature is supposed to be over 100 degrees for the day. So when the hubster woke up and suggested we take a drive up to Park City I was all for it. First the drive is lovely, you can see what I mean. And the temps were in the mid-80's for most of the morning:

And then secondly, there are several outlet stores in Park City. And they were having lovely sales including Old Navy whose entire store was 40% off. The boy ended up finishing up his school clothes shopping for the day, and I'm quite happy that I paid less than Walmart prices for his "pants without holes" and new shirts. Glad to have that off my summer "to do" list.

The girl is much more discerning in her back-to-school fashion, so we got a few less things for her but we made a dent in the jeans department. She's keeping a list of what we still need to get to outfit her for the year including all the basics for a good year. She was very happy to spend the 4th at the outlets.

We tried to stop at our favorite greasy spoon hamburger joint in Heber, but it was packed so we ate at a more local restaurant.

The hubster and the girl later went to see "World War Z," and since I am not a zombie fan and the little guy gets mighty nervous around zombies we stayed home to relax. I think we were all asleep by about 10:30 p.m. despite all the neighborhood fireworks. We're just a little bit exhausted from all the hard work this summer and needed some rest.

So how did you spend the day? Fireworks with friends, boating on the lake, picnic at the park, local town parades? I love holidays that encourage the family to spend time together.


  1. Sounds like you had fun. We had a long, busy day. First we went to the movies to see Despicable Me 2. It was good! Then we went to a baseball game and topped the evening off with fireworks at my mom and stepdad's house. Family fun for sure!

  2. This sounds like how my family would spend a holiday - outlets and burgers. Glad you had fun!

  3. Went to Arkansas to spend with our daughter and family. Husband stayed home as he is involved with wheat harvest. Will be home Saturday to celebrate with our son and family plus other family and friends. Life is good!

  4. Our town doesn't do fireworks. They save them for their all city days, which is always the weekend after the 4th. A scrappy friend who lives about 3 hrs away, she and her family came and spent the night last night. We did do some shopping at the MOA and IKEA. BBQ'd and shot off some fireworks. It was a great way to spend the holiday. The two families get along so well. I think our hubbies are brothers from another mother. :)

  5. JLBOhio2:21 PM

    Sounds like a great holiday! We mostly hung out at home, DH grilled, we played some Wii, and relaxed. We did see fireworks on the 3rd though.

  6. Jenny3:20 PM

    We were in Park City too, for as long as it takes to drive through it on I-80. We were on our second day of driving to NV from WI. Some day we'll have to stop.

  7. Sounds like a GREAT way to spend the holiday! So...I'm curious...which "greasy spoon" is your favorite here? I'm going to guess Dairy Keen? It's always so busy there - we rarely go, even though we love it. :) Someday you're going to have to swing by our house when you drive through town! :)


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