I don't know about you, but the Fourth of July is just not complete for me without some fireworks. Even if it's just a couple of sparklers in the back yard, I have to see some fireworks or I don't feel like the holiday was celebrated appropriately. So, after stuffing ourselves and our small group so full we could hardly move, we dispersed to go to whatever celebration we wanted to. We chose Snowden Grove in Southaven, because it's always a good show there.
Next year we plan on going back to the same spot we had this year, only we'll take the pickup and put the chairs in the bed. As it was, we were in the parking lot of the Parks and Recreation Department along with a gajillion other people who didn't want to walk into Snowden Grove proper.
Kiddo and I sat in front of the van while my sweet husband took over a hundred pictures of the show. Some of them were so good it looked like a professional had taken them. Here are a few for your viewing pleasure (not like you haven't seen some just like these)....
I love the sparkly stars! This was by far the best we've seen at Snowden. Not only can I not hear the National Anthem sung on the Fourth without tearing up, I can't watch fireworks on the Fourth without tearing up. Does that make me a crybaby? Well, so be it. I admit it. I'm a crybaby. But I just get so ding dang patriotic I just can't help myself. Now, my son, well, he has had a problem with fireworks ever since he was a toddler. I have a picture of him sitting with ear protection (like the ones airline workers wear) on while sitting in my Mom's lap when he was two. He doesn't require the ear protection anymore, but he still gets a little anxious when it gets really loud, like it did the other night. It was almost overwhelming to me, so I can imagine he was having a hard time sitting in his chair, not hopping over to my lap. I loved it, though. The louder the better!
I love my country. I love how we celebrate our freedom. I pray that the Lord keeps His hand over us as a country founded on His principles. I think as Christians, that is one privilege we should never take for granted.