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    Happy 4th of July for all our U.S. peeps. And happy belated Canada day for our neighbors to the north as well?

    How will you celebrate? Do you buy/set off fireworks, sparklers, just enjoy the neighbor's fireworks? Do you brave the potential crowds and go to the city/town fireworks? How about parades? Do you participate, or go watch?

    Or will you, like some of us (me!), spend a quiet day putzing around the house and yard?

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    We've got what looks like the Little Junior Miss Beginner's fireworks set with training wheels, lol. I've never set off my own fireworks before and it feels kind of silly. I have a rather ridiculous phobia about fire and was originally planning on making some sort of a preschool craft type fake fireworks out of confetti and toilet paper rolls.

    I changed my mind at the last minute. I've got a nine and a half year old boy. Fireworks aren't optional.

    We're also having some friends over for a potluck picnic before it gets dark.

    ds9 is rocking the summer vacation and doing all sorts of creative unschooly stuff. The big kids are off saving the world in their own unique ways. Life is good.

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    We have no special plans. This is the first year in quite awhile that my husband has off. We're not a fan of local fireworks. We'll probably stay home, maybe stop over to visit my father-in-law but that's about it.

    In general, we've been behind with school. We've taken a more unschool approach, which has just been a lot of reading, and art. I'm trying to switch to focused math and reading time for the summer. I am making great progress with our garden though and getting so much art done myself. I'm just trying to find a balance now.
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    We are hanging out at home without fireworks.

    Our local fireworks were last Thursday - we didn't go. We were planning to ride our bikes down to the beach where they have the display but forgot they were that night! It rained on and off so not a good night for bike riding anyway.

    I don't like fireworks; I worry that someone will get hurt, animals are stressed out, and that property may be damaged. My husband, however, enjoys them and typically puts on quite a production. (everything can be purchased in our area unlike the old days when people had to drive to Tenn.) He is working this year; I think the neighbors will be disappointed.

    My grandmother's birthday was July 3rd and we always celebrated on the 4th with all my cousins, aunts, uncles, etc. We even continued to have a big party after she passed away at age 101.5 in 2004. We haven't had the party the past two years; almost all of my relatives have moved away and stopped making the trip back here. I miss it. It was a tradition my entire life and sort of like an informal reunion.
    homeschooled 4th through 8th grade - currently in public high school 10th grade
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    DS is home! Yay! It s so nice to have him back.

    We are having a neighborhood party at our house for the 4th. Swimming, food and fireworks. We'll watch all the neighbors set off the really big fireworks (which are illegal here, wildfires and such). I bought a thunder jacket for the dog that hates fireworks - it reminds me of those prewrapped swaddle blankets for babies. She seems happier the past few days, hopefully no more dog in pool situations.

    Happy 4th everyone! Enjoy your day.
    DS 15, DD 13
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    Survived the 4th.
    Our neighborhood goes WILD with fireworks and for some reason, fireworks from far away are beautiful. Up close, the sound drives me bonkers. Like I cannot WAIT until the weekend is over as they should have run out of most of their stash by then.
    Last night was until about 2am before they stopped.
    Had 5 days off from the rugrats and did NOT get as much done as I wanted. Planned a long list and ended up doing part of it, but not all.
    Back to the grindstone today. With very tired and whiny kids. Glad there is 3 more hours of my day.
    Did the Coast on Friday with the boys. Went to a new aquarium. 80 yrs old. Privately owned. Great displays and learned a lot. Love that even though my boys are 19 and 20, we still find learning on family trips.
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