Sunday , July 01, 2018 - 12:00 AM
When July rolls into town, Utahns have not one but two reasons to celebrate so our TX.ers are sharing some of their favorite traditions to mark the July 4 and July 24 fiestas:
• Bring on the fireworks
Nothing heralds summer like the Fourth of July! My family and I always go swimming together all day, then come home and barbecue some hamburgers, hot dogs and brown-sugar-glazed pineapple, with some pink lemonade to top it off. Last and best of all is the homemade vanilla ice cream drizzled in hot fudge sauce.
After we’re all stuffed to the bursting point, we of course light some fireworks! Exploding mini tanks, smoke bombs, spring-up pagodas and pellet “snakes” are always among the favorites. And who could forget the wonder of signing your name in fire via sparklers?
In the end, though, the best thing about the Fourth of July is spending time with your family, and that’s the tradition I love most about our nation’s Independence Day.
— McKenzie Leininger, Bonneville High
• Just keep swimming
My favorite tradition is my family’s Fourth of July swim party. Everyone on my dad’s side of the family comes and all have an amazing time just being together and swimming.
I think I love it so much because it is one of the only times my family is all together during the year. Also, as we are all growing up, a lot of my cousins are in college and getting married so I don’t see them as much anymore. It’s nice having a day dedicated to seeing them and being together.
— Emma Wiser, Fremont High
• Expect the unexpected
My family traditions over the July 4 and July 24 holidays are traditional in the sense that they are entirely unique each and every year.
Whether it be throwing a spontaneous fireworks party with the neighbors (and accidentally setting the empty lot across the street on fire), finding an interesting parade to catch candy at, or grilling enough barbecue chicken to feed a small army, these two holidays are days to spend time together as a family and make lasting memories.
This tradition of always doing something different makes it fun to experience a wide range of celebrations. For example, I have seen almost everything from small-town fireworks shows and fairs to shows done by huge organizations like Thanksgiving Point. I’ve had days spent with my immediate family in the backyard to days spent with cousins I didn’t even know I had.
Every year is different and exciting for its own reasons, and though the celebration is not exactly “traditional,” these are some of my favorite days of the year!
— Haley Bess, Morgan High
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