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THE BEST OF FAMILY TRADITIONS How We Celebrate Our Country’s Independence Day!
Some family traditions are so life-altering that you never want to leave them behind. For me, my family’s Fourth of July celebrations definitely top the list. When I was a little girl, my parents bought a lake house here on Lake Oconee, and we would spend as much as time as we could out on the water. Once Independence Day rolled around, there was no stopping our water-filled antics. My parents, my sisters, and I would start the day by hopping in the boat, and wakeboarding, water skiing, and tubing. In fact, one of my dad’s favorite games was to whip the boat around so fast that my sister and I would have to hold on to the tube as tight as possible to keep from flying off.
All these high-energy watersports always left us quite famished, so we’d all return to the cabin to cook up a big meal before the epic fireworks show. While we didn’t necessarily make a specific meal every Fourth of July, our daily routine
“Now that I’m living in the area again, our tradition is as alive as ever, but now that I have my own kids, I get to experience the joy seeing their eyes light up with excitement as they take part in the activities I did as a kid.”
aren’t quite ready to take their turn wakeboarding yet, but they both love being out on the water in the boat. My 3-year-old rides with my husband and me on the tube behind the boat and on our Jet Ski as well. This year, when the fireworks show starts, we will all settle in to watch the show. My kids grow more excited about Fourth of July festivities with each passing year. While I’ve heard of several other amazing celebrations around the state, I can’t imagine any other Fourth of July experience as rewarding as the one I’ve come back to. A full day filled with sunshine, a lake, watersports, family, and fireworks — what could be better?
was the same: water, food, then fireworks. After stuffing our faces, we’d head back out on the boat to watch the area’s fireworks show from the best vantage point. Fireworks seem to shine brighter over the reflection of the water than anywhere else! While I’ve never considered my family’s Independence Day tradition all that extravagant, it's an event I have never missed. Even when I was away at school, I always made it a point to come back and commemorate the holiday the only way I know how. It’s made for some of the best memories of my life. Now that I’m living in the area again, our tradition is as alive as ever. I have my own kids now, so I get to experience the joy of seeing their eyes light up with excitement as they take part in the activities I did as a kid. Since my kids are only 3 and 1, they
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