We started out with our town's fireworks on Thursday night. We still cannot figure out why in the heck they always do them the night before the 4th, but we roll with it, cause well, we have to!
We continued our long standing tradition with some of our most fun friends and had a backyard BBQ.
The kids had fun playing in the freezing cold pool, and avoided most dirt piles in the yard ;)
Milo couldn't get enough of the squirt guns I picked up...and did sneak attacks on most everyone.
The next day, the 4th, we ventured out to A Taste of Minnesota.
We had never been before, and this year it was relocated from St. Paul to Waconia due to the recent flooding in many areas of the state. It really wasn't much closer, just in a different direction. But still, it provided a nice country drive, which seemed very fitting for celebrating America.
Our thoughts on the event? It was a bit spendy, and nothing spectacular, but still fun to experience something new.
From there we hit a local parade, where the kids got just the right amount of candy to satisfy their sweet teeth.
We ended our night with a little private sparkler show in our own backyard.
As if that wasn't enough excitement for the weekend, Nick and I got to pass the kids off to Grandma on Saturday, and go see the live broadcast of the Prairie Home Companions 40th anniversary celebration. We may be old souls, but after listening to the show on MPR for years, it was such a fun experience to see it live.
A holiday weekend wouldn't be complete without swimming of some kind, so we did just that. With many thanks to some sweet friends and her parents pool, the kids had a blast. (And I realized how hard it is watching three kids around water! But worth it for sure.)
The 4th of July is the peek of summer for me, and this year it delivered big time.
Happy Birthday America!