Usually around the 4th of July we have a family gathering with Matt's mom's side of the family at their spot by the river. Matt's step dad owns a big area along the river and there are several people who rent these lots from him. Each year, he has a fireworks show put on for all of the people who rent from him- plus many, many, many of their friends and family. Several people know one another and walk from lot to lot visiting, eating, playing games, or listening to music. Some people have nice lots with a cement patio, shelter, ceiling fans, lights, campers, etc. and some people have not so nice lots. It is always a fun time at our pot-luck and getting Brock together to play with his cousins until dark when the fireworks start.
This year due to all of the flooding earlier in the summer, we were not able to do our celebration the weekend of the 4th of July. The celebration was held in August, and we had such perfect weather. It was such a nice night and we were able to wear jeans and put on a sweatshirt as the night got cooler.