The 4th of July – it symbolizes FREEDOM. And this year, the holiday had extra special meaning for me.
This crazy journey that we’re on – it is all about FREEDOM for us. Freedom from the 9-5. Freedom from a house full of stuff we didn’t need. Freedom from debt. Freedom to live a lifestyle that isn’t the status quo. Freedom to explore. I am so grateful for this country and the many forms of freedom that we enjoy!
We spent the 4th of July with my family in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. My grandma, my aunt and uncle, and my cousin and her family. We have so much fun together – I’m so grateful to spend this time with them. On the afternoon of the 4th we had a big picnic down by the Coeur d’Alene river. Thanks to a lot of hot weather in the area, the river was nice and warm and the kids spent hours swimming, splashing and even kayaking!
That night of the 4th, we headed to downtown Coeur d’Alene, for the huge 4th of July festival and fireworks show! We had purchased glow necklaces at Target ahead of time and packed some snacks. We got there early and found the perfect spot on the grass by the lake.
Around 10 p.m. the firework show started. These photos need no captions, but of course looked a million times more spectacular in person. . .
If you ever have the opportunity to be in Coeur d’Alene for the 4th of July – don’t miss the fireworks show! I hope you had a happy and safe 4th of July – what did you do!?!
Do you have a favorite fireworks show or 4th of July festival?! Leave a comment and let me know!
My folks have a cottage on an inland lake in Michigan. All the cottage owners put out red flares at dusk..as the sun goes down the flares create a ring of fire around the whole lake. Then the fireworks begin – and a decent show for the size of the community.
Love reading your blog – our family loves to travel too. I just need to visit 3 more states and my children will have been to about 1/2 of them after an upcoming drive from VA to CO/UT/WY/SD….Anyways, would you mind telling me what camera you are using? Your photos are clear and crisp with great color. I love photography as well! Safe travels! ~Dawn
When you are in Missoula, it is worth the drive to go visit the Garnet Ghost Town. It is WONDERFULLY preserved (its like being on a real-life Little House on the Prairie set!) and managed by the Park Rangers. http://www.garnetghosttown.net/