I looked up area festivals and we had picked three we would try (so we would know which was the best for following years). There was one in Crystal River which was on Sat, it was called Uncle Sam's Scallop Jam. On Sunday night there was one in Inverness, then Monday there was the God and Country Day festival in Ocala. We never made it to the Scallop Jam considering there was a 5 dollar entrance fee, which wasn't a big deal but we didn't want to have to leave after paying if the Kiddies didn't enjoy the fireworks and we aren't big on scallops. Sunday afternoon we loaded up the truck with our cooler of snacks and our family and headed out. We had to make a quick stop at Kmart to pick up some chairs since both of our were broken. We ate at Sonny's to get our fill our BBQ for the day and then parked the truck and loaded up the stroller and went walking down to the park. We found a perfect spot in the shade of a big tree but no trees in front of us to block our view. We had about 3 hours to kill hanging out before the fireworks began. So we each took turns walking around with Kalen so he wouldn't get bored just sitting on the blanket. The night kicked off with a precious little girl singing the national anthem at the end they shot off a few fireworks. Kalen's love affair with fireworks began. He spent the next hour and a half pointing to the area the fireworks came from and yelling. He wanted More!!! When the show finally began we strapped him back into his stroller seat so it would be easier to leave at the end. Kalen sat staring at the sky I am pretty sure he didn't blink for the first 5 mins. Through out the show he would let out some whoa's and ohhs, there was clapping and more pointing. This was the firework show that just wouldn't stop. No one knew when it was over and if they should start clapping. Several times clapping would start and then more fireworks. Even after the grand finale when everyone was leaving more fireworks. It was a great show and Lucas slept through the whole thing (I covered his little ears with a blanket for the noise). So he will get to truly experience his First 4th of July fireworks next year.
On Monday we headed out to Ocala but we did not last long. It started off on the wrong foot when we parked and the grass came up to Kalen's knees. I guess they couldn't be bothered to mow the area before, its not like they did not know people were coming, it was the 42nd annual festival. The festival was strange, it had home made fair type games and even stranger prizes (not sure I would let my kid have the prize if they won). The area to watch the fireworks had no shade anywhere. We couldn't sit in the blazing sun with Lucas and Kalen for the next 2-3 hours waiting on the fireworks. So we decided to head home at least we celebrated the day before. Our neighbors were actually setting off some pretty decent fireworks down the road so we watched those with Kalen and Lucas before bed.
|Showing us where the Fireworks are gonna be|
|Lucas taking everything in|
|What's a 4th of July without Elvis?!?|
|My hot sweaty mess of a son|
|My favorite Men|
|Watching the Fireworks|
|Watching the neighbor shoot off fireworks|
|Lucas and Mommy watching the Macy's firework special|
That I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I wont forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.
And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
' Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA
I hope everyone had a fabulous Fourth of July