This weekend I set out to see a few friends all over the state of Colorado. When you don’t have to work on Friday, that makes things a bit easier to travel because of a long weekend. Fortunately, I could leave work a bit early on Thursday, and get the jump on traffic to make it to Denver for a BBQ. The best thing, to me, about July 4th weekend is the patriotism shown by just about everyone. I especially love the clothing that people wear, including the USA shirts that have all kinds of ridiculous sayings on them. I’m not much of a drinker myself, but at one of the BBQ’s I attended on Friday, I saw a guy with a tank-top on that had the slogan ‘Let’s get Star Spangle Hammered’ on it. Every time I looked at him, I couldn’t help but to laugh. If you don’t laugh at that, you’re either too serious, or you have no fun with life.
My Friday was filled with a couple BBQ’s, one at a friend’s house, and one at my Mom’s house. My Mom likes to celebrate the holidays, but she likes to make sure that she celebrates a couple days early, so that all of her friends can make it to her house. Most people schedule BBQ’s on July 4th, so she didn’t want to be just another ‘fly in the ointment’ so to speak. I was happy to join her and take the job of grill master for the evening, which she loves so she can entertain and not cook. I like being by the grill, so I can chat with people as well.
Saturday I drove about 4 hours up I-70 to Glenwood Springs to spend the rest of the weekend with a couple of friends and their kids. They have a huge gathering every year, and live on a side of the mountain where you can see a couple of fireworks shows, so I was more than thrilled when I received the invite a couple weeks ago. This is the 3rd year that I’ve been in town and able to attend the gathering, and it was amazing (as it always is). I had to leave at about 6am to get there by 10am, which is when they asked me to be there to begin prepping all the food for the feast at 4pm. Jay and Katie always want to make sure that people are nice and full by about 7pm so we can we’re all ready to view the fireworks when it gets dark at about 9pm.
The show did not disappoint. There’s always those fireworks that garner the Oooh’s and Aahh’s. I personally like the REALLY loud ones that shake the ground that you’re sitting on. It almost feels like a shotgun going off right in your ear! Check out a picture below. This is one of many, and doesn’t convey how cool the entire show was, but at least it’s a small memory that I have from my 2015 July 4th weekend!
I hope everyone had a fantastic July 4th, and stayed safe!