On the 4th we gather with strangers and friends alike on our front lawn for one of the best small town parades you'll see anywhere. It's become a tradition that when the parade ends at least a dozen guests stay at our house for home-made cheese cake (a complicated recipe that I only make once a year). The rest of the afternoon is spent boating or napping and anticipating a spectacular fireworks display the likes which rival any big town's pyrotechnics. We are so blessed to have a cinder block boathouse (nice and sturdy) from which to watch the fireworks burst in all their glory over the water.
Of course, preparing for America's birthday also involves red, white and blue plastic-ware, stemware, napkins and all the other trimmings to create a festive celebration.
I just finished these coasters and they're available in my Etsy shop. Are you ready for Independence Day Festivities?