Celebrating The 4th!


A gray start to the day

The day dawned gray and a bit stormy looking but my husband and I loaded the car for our annual 4th of July celebration. We headed for the lake to join family and friends at my sister and her husband’s lake home.

We did make our way there slowly, as we tried to stay a bit behind the storm. Our road trip there took longer; but we got to investigate new antique places, small towns and garage sales on our way. (There is usually an upside to even rainy days!)

We made our annual stop at Trapper’s Bay on Silver Lake. My husband spent many hours fishing there as a kid and loves to drive through the small park. We arrived there not too long after the wind and rain had made it’s way through that town. Lots of trees were down and the people there were spending their holiday cleaning up.


Docks underwater due to lots of rainfall this year

Typically the day is hot and excellent for boating, swimming, and just enjoying the water…..not so this year. After having had some very hot days leading up to the 4th, we started the day with rain…and we ended the day with rain.

The lake was so high that there was a no wake rule for all the lakes in the county. We did get a very leisurely boat ride in the afternoon. I must admit there was something wonderfully relaxing about that slow boat ride. It was quiet, with very few boats on the water.

Another storm moved in early in the evening and the big firework show was cancelled….but not the fireworks my brother in law had purchased! We sat in the dark, under umbrellas and watched as our guys attempted to keep the wicks on the fireworks lit.

This was the first year I had ever seen them lighting fireworks while standing under an umbrella. There was lots of laughter, much encouragement and we made sure to oooohhhhh and aaaahhhhh as the sky lit with colors.

It didn’t take too long and we had to abandon the effort, as it just became too soggy. (Much to the relief of my future daughter-in-law who had given my son stern instructions that morning; that he was not to get injured, as their wedding was only a week away!)

The guys did manage to get a wonderful finale firework lit to end the night. I wish I could have downloaded the video my sister took but I just am not quite tech savvy enough to know how to make that one work; so you will just have to make do with a still shot.


The Grand Finale~photo credit to my sister Andrea

The rain did put a damper on the day, due to the fact that we were not able to do the things we normally do on the 4th of July.  In looking back on that day, I am realizing that the most important things still got done….

We remembered the sacrifices made for this country. We prayed for our country, our leaders and those who serve. We gave thanks for family, friends and good food. We laughed, enjoyed each other’s company, and we did get wet….just not in the lake.

Sometimes it is good to not have a day go how you planned. Sometimes it leaves the door open to see the holiday from a different view. It is good to realize that joy in family and in friendships is not dependent on weather or circumstances. It is totally dependent on being together and that is enough.


“Cherish your human connections
– your relationships with friends and family.”
– Barbara Bush


20 thoughts on “Celebrating The 4th!

  1. susieshy45 says:

    Glad you all could go out and celebrate the 4th of July though it rained at the beginning and the end of the day. And the fireworks- I am glad you could get to see some of them lit up. When I was younger, I didn’t like fireworks that burst and made a lot of sound because they frightened me. But as I grow older, though the ones that burst in the sky into magnificent colors are great to see, I feel sad for the animals and birds who wonder what is happening- so I am not a fan.
    You are right – family time, friendships, leisurely boat rides, stopping at little towns on the way with all the time to spare are all positives and they are what a holiday is meant for.

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  2. bcparkison says:

    Don’t let a little rain spoil the day…I’m glad you and yours didn’t. My 4th was just plain quite. Son#1 and wife were in Mass. with her family, Son#3 was on his way back from off shore and son#1 was working. Working? Good grief ….but because of all the rain in Ga. he is behind with his roofing business. Thats ok…I love a down day every now and then. Keep in touch …there is a wedding to report.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      We only had one of our three sons able to attend. two of them live to far away and with the holiday in the middle of the week it was too far to drive and make it back to work the next day.
      I will definitely keep you posted on the wedding! Only a week away now!

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  3. ruthsoaper says:

    These extremes in weather are really something. I am so glad you didn’t let the rain ruin your celebration. The still firework photo is amazing. We usually see only what is way up in the air. Looks pretty scary seeing it from the ground up. Have a great week Faye

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  4. Al says:

    Sometimes plans ruined by weather bring a closeness that was unexpected. Sounds like this happened for you and your family. It will be remembered in the family annals as the 4th when the rain came forth!

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      It was a really good day for family and friends. Last year it rained towards evening also but not like the downpour this year. The weather was soggy but everyone had a great time and there are some fireworks left over for everyone to gather and watch some at a later date.


    • thechickengrandma says:

      It was just a lot of fun being with friends and family. They have a great Maritime Museum at Lake Okoboji and it is always fun to walk through that and through all the little shops. It was kind of nice that we didn’t have to fight through the normal holiday traffic.

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  5. lindasschaub says:

    I heard the weather folks say that we should get used to these weather extremes – too hot, too cold, too rainy, no rain … it makes no sense but they said it is the new normal. That deck was not only underwater but looked like it was a little twisted from the wind as well.

    Such destruction Mother Nature has brought this year – such a shame. The first picture you had I thought it was a tornado at first. The grand finale fireworks were awesome!

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      It does seem that our weather is out of kilter and nowhere near normal.
      Yes the dock was twisted. That dock was at Silver Lake and many of the docks at Arnold’s Park were also in sad shape and being fixed.
      You are right!…..our windshield wipers do look like a tornado LOL.

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