Saturday, July 4, 2015

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Fourth of July Memories

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It's Saturday Night again - 
time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):

It's Saturday Night on the Fourth of July - let's have some Genealogy Fun! If you're reading this on Sunday morning, or even later, it's not too late for you to participate.

1. Think of the best Fourth of July you remember from your childhood.

2. Think of the best Fourth of July you remember from your adulthood.

3. What will, or did, you do today?

4. Write about one, or all, of them on your blog or in Comments to this post, or on Facebook or Google+. 

Here's mine:

1. The best memory I have from my childhood was going over to my father's cousin's house and playing with sparklers and watching firecrackers go off. San Diego County was, and still is, a firecracker free county (but many break the law, of course). My father's cousin's husband, Chuck (we always called him just "Chuck," but his real name was Marshall Beal Chamberlain) bought firecrackers and sparklers from Tijuana (or from someone who snuck them up from Tijuana). And my brother and I got to wave the sparklers around. Chuck and his buddies would shoot off the firecrackers in their enclosed patio and yard. This may not sound like a big deal to you, but it was "forbidden fruit" in the 1950's for this San Diego boy.

The other memory I have is going to my grandparents house on Point Loma and driving along Rosecrans Street in their 1950 Hudson with fireworks going off overhead, fired from the Yacht Club nearby. I never liked being real close to the booms and these were a little too close. 

2) In the 1980s, we often went to Coronado Beach on the 4th of July, sometimes with the girls softball team or the girls Brownie/Girl Scout troop. It was always a "build sandcastles, jump in the waves, try to bodysurf, 
get sunburned, roast hot dogs, burn S'mores" event, and our daughters and their friends enjoyed it tremendously.  For several years, the softball team and coaches (I was the coach, Linda the manager) rode in an open truck in the Coronado 4th of July Parade down Orange Avenue. 

3) The Chula Vista Presbyterian Church is adjacent to the San Diego Country Club in Chula Vista, and every year the Country Club has a fireworks show.  For many years, the church had a congregational picnic on July 4th on the patio outside the Family Life Center, followed by pulling out the lawn chairs and watching the fireworks over the Country Club, which is just several hundred yards to the west.  We have a great view, and it is great fun to see our friends and celebrate the day.  In recent years, we haven't had the picnic, but we still go at about 8 p.m., set up the lawn chairs, and enjoy the fireworks with our friends.  We'll be there tonight!

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Charlene Baer said...

Here's my Fourth of July Memories.

Janice M. Sellers said...

These are my memories:

File Keeper said...

50 years ago I got married, independent s Day,

Donna Hansen Peterson said...

HHi Randy! This is what I wrote yesterday before I saw this week's topic.
P S edited to add that it was a quiet day with Ribs, Mac and Cheese for dinner. Everyone was home for a change so we also celebrated my son-in-law's birthday with Strawberry-Rhubarb Cheesecake!