Happy Fourth of July From Walla Walla

Happy Fourth of July everyone! What a wonderful holiday we get to celebrate today. What more do you want?…..patriotism, BBQ, fireworks, hot dog eating contests, and beautiful summer weather. Celebrating our independence couldn’t be any more fun.

This year I am in Walla Walla, Washington, to celebrate this special holiday. Most of my relatives still live in “the place so nice they named it twice” so my parents thought what a great way to conjure up a little bit of a family reunion and head down to wine country.

In a few hours we will be celebrating in the city’s large, beautiful, and historic Pioneer Park. I grew up playing in this park and actually attending Fourth of July picnics with members of my grandpa’s big Italian family who have long since passed away. Spending time with them, playing catch, feeding the ducks, climbing the trees, and watching the fireworks are some of my favorite childhood summer memories.

This year, replacing my Italian family on my mom’s side will be my wild and crazy aunts, uncles, and cousins on my dad’s side. They know how to have a fun time and there is never a dull moment. At around 11 a.m. we will start grilling hot dogs and hamburgers, enjoying cold beverages, and celebrating this amazing country that we live in. Time to soak it up!

Have a wonderful Fourth of July! As always be safe and remember to take a couple minutes to realize how blessed we are to live in the best country in the world. Don’t Blink.

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