Independence Day in Small Town AmericaMonday, July 11, 2016
It is quiet, quaint, and everybody knows everybody. As a child, it was awesome to have so much freedom to roam safely. As a teen, being landlocked in such small surroundings made me antsy with wanderlust. As an adult, however, I love going back and celebrating holidays surrounded by family and the fun small town festivities. If you've never experienced small country towns during any holidays, I highly recommend you put it on your bucket list! Small towns have longstanding traditions and really make the most of the holidays that come up. You won't regret it.
This year for the Independence Day holiday, we had a big family reunion for my stepdad's side of the family to commemorate what would have been our grandpa's 100th birthday if he were still alive. This reunion was no small event, either. My stepdad has 5 siblings, each of them had at least 5-8 kids. Most of their children are now parents to several kids, and the little ones are now adults and starting to have babies, too! We're talking at least 100 people here. We all had matching tee shirts color-coordinated by family. We hung out, ate pulled pork sandwiches and potato salad, the kids all did crafts, and the adults all chatted away the afternoon in the summer heat of the Intermountain West. Every day of the long weekend was jam-packed with family members. This is just the way I like my holidays.