Surrounded by family is the best way to be. So far my summer vacation has been plu-purfect. Mom, Dad, and I had the place set up by 8:15am, when the first folk arrived (Kevin and his crew ... minus adopted 4th of July-er George and his two youngunz due to serious enough accident to keep him in FL this year ... bummer, but he'll eventually be okay, so not-bummer as well).
Next were Mike and his crew (came over on his sailboat), then Steve and his crew (came over by ferry), then Mark and his crew (came over on his powerboat; two trips), and various neighbors throughout ... this year's turnout topped out at 32. Hot dogs, cheeseburgers, shrimp boil, pork chops, bean salad, potato salad, cole slaw, seed salad (you had to be there ... terrific!), regular salad, corn on the cob, cookies, cup cakes, brownies, peaches, soda, and beer.
Parade, water balloons, screecher balloons, smoke bombs, cookout, swimming, jumping off the pier, badminton, whiffle ball, and plenty of fireworks, fireworks, fireworks all around us, up and down the Bay (Newport, Fall River, Providence, Bristol/Warren, Portsmouth Abby, Portsmouth High School, Jamestown, Prudence Island) ... and pictures of much of it, although none of the actual fireworks themselves.
Great, great day ... what the 4th of July is all about: family and appreciation for all we have, and all those who have given it to us.