Wednesday, June 29, 2011

4th of July, oh so soon!

So I'm starting to get EVER so excited about 4th of July and I thought I'd spend this semi-wordless Wednesday talking about it in pictures!


So, here it goes...

My whole life (minus the summers I was at summer camp and in England) I have spent 4th of July in Bethany Beach, DE.  As a child we used to dress up and ride our bikes in the parade and as we got older we had family floats in the parade:

Each year we would have a different "theme", the picture above the theme was Yes "surrey" cruisin' right into the 21st century. 

Since graduating college and being back in the mid-atlantic I have made it a priority to go to the beach for the 4th:

Cousin Jess and I watching the parade

Our floats were so much better

Watching the fireworks on the beach

Last summer my cousin Lexi who was living down with my grandmother decided to go all out and pull out some of the old 4th of July decorations and thus our theme last year was...

Last year the parade was not on 4th of July so we had our own parade around my grandmother's neighborhood...

decorating bikes

preparing for the parade

My grandmother informed me last night that this years throwback theme was wacky tacky family vacation...back in about 1996 we had this same theme and our float was one of the old cars which we called the "bomber" and all over it we threw toys and junk, we even put a kayak on top and had a child sit in it...wish I had some pics of that!  All that said, we won 1st place that year and the float was in the paper!  

Anyway, really looking forward to one of my favorite holidays and spending it with family.  The only thing we'll be missing is 2 of my siblings who I will miss terribly...

What traditions do you celebrate for the 4th?  Have any great plans?  Would love to hear what your up to!


  1. hi! i'm visiting from FFP... and i have to say i LOVE your fourth of july tradition, especially the bike decorating we do that every year, too!

  2. Your post is getting me MORE excited for this weekend! We are 2 hours north of you and the weather is supposed to be HOT and fabulous! Your family tradition is lovely...what great memories...

    We live on the Jersey shore and I love holiday weekends (despite the traffic). Lots of fireworks, beach and bbq's are in store for us.

    Visiting from FF&P's :)

  3. The 4th of July is great for making wonderful memories. Enjoy!

    Visiting from FF&P.

  4. I LOVE the fact that you had your own parade around the neighborhood - how fun is that?? These are great pictures and memories!!

    Thanks for playing along with FF&P {semi} wordless wednesday! :)

  5. New follower from Flip Flop & Pearls Blog Hop!
    I can't wait until the 4th of July!! :))

    Hope you have time to check my blog out too!

  6. I love how you decorate your bike... I've always wanted to do that for the 4th! On the Today Show this morning, Martha Stewart was showing how to :)

  7. Pey, Fabulous Blog as usual!! Cannot wait to continue one with the tradition over the next few days!! See you soon.. xoxo :)

  8. We used to decorate our bikes for a parade at the beach when I was little too! Definitely one of my favorite childhood traditions. Wonderful post!

  9. Looks like so much fun! Hope you have an amazing 4th.

    Stop by and say hello...

    Cindy @ Notes in the Key of Life

  10. love your pics! i took my fiance, matt, to dewey beach on friday for the night and we drove down to the bethany boardwalk for a little bit to meet up w/ some friends. Love that place- we used to spend a week every summer at Sea Colony in Bethany!! Fond memories :)