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FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND FIREWORKS
4th of July in Boise
For most families in Boise, the Fourth of July includes fighting traffic up Highway 55, desperately trying to find a boat ramp on Payette Lake in McCall, dealing with hordes of people on North Shore Beach, and fighting the traffic back home once you’re burnt from the sun. Growing up, that hustle and bustle just wasn’t my thing, but I still appreciated the holiday. Every Fourth, the entire town of Boise was so empty that you could get anywhere quickly. Plus my parents had a great home on the rim. Every year, we went down to Ann Morrison Park and watched the fireworks. It was close to my childhood home, so we had no problem walking there. We always found a sweet spot to watch the show light up the night sky. When it was over, we headed back home to start our own firework performance. Because the sun sets so late in Boise this time of year, it wasn’t uncommon for neighborhoods to have fireworks going off all hours of the night. The next day, when you drove through any cul-de-sac, you found remnants of what looked like a war zone on the pavement. “When I was a kid, the primary goal was to have fun without blowing my hands off with a firecracker.” Independence Day is a little different now. When you grow up and become a parent, then a grandparent, your priorities change. When I was a kid, my primary goal was to have fun
without blowing my hands off with a firecracker. Now it’s a great time to bring the family together and share in great company with good food. The menu always depends on who is hosting, and we either gather at a local park or have everyone over to our home. Some years we have ribs, and others we chow down on carne asada. Food has always played a big part in bringing everyone together. And when you have a family gathering as large as ours, feeding everyone can be quite the enterprise. The concept of freedom took on a new meaning for me when my son enlisted in the Army and served in Iraq. In the modern world, our freedoms are valued and vital to human life. Freedom of speech, religion, and expression are all critical as long as you don’t infringe on any else’s rights. No one deserves to be oppressed, and that’s an ideal we can all rally behind.
My wife and I have been married for 32 years, and it’s been amazing to see how our family has changed. Our kids have grown and are planning families of their own, and our roles as parents are continually evolving. By the time the Fourth rolls around, we will have been blessed with our first grandchild, and we can’t wait. We look forward to showing her all the wonders of this holiday and spending many more together in the future. Happy Fourth of July to all of the Realty ONE Group Professionals family. We hope it’s a memorable time with those who mean the most to you.
– Zachary Lopez
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