our yearly tradition is to go downtown and watch the fireworks from the steps. we get there a little early for some snow cones, popcorn, to listen to the music and take a ridiculous amount of photos....then crack out the glow sticks at dusk. this year i remembered to bring some from the dollar store. the kids love it every time. lola fell asleep and slept right through the fireworks with my hand over her ears. i sure do love the 4th of july... but why does the summer have to fly by so fast?