Saturday, November 17th

Our nation is getting ready to party as we celebrate our 242nd birthday July 4.

Hardie

Even though summer has just begun, I always viewed the Fourth of July as the midpoint of summer when I was a kid. Perhaps it’s because my perspective of summer was influenced by the school year. In those days we were out of school by the end of May and starting at the end of August.

It seemed like most July 4 holidays involved a little break from farming -- of course the cows had to be milked -- but there was usually a family gathering. It also helped that my great Aunt Sara’s birthday was July 2.

Naturally because it was the Fourth of July we had some fireworks. Of course we had sparklers and snakes, but we tried to obtain larger artillery like roman candles, bottle rockets and firecrackers.