Sounds like it isn't that much of a holiday for some folks. I'm sorry to hear that. We don't go to parades or fireworks, but we do manage to get into the spirit with movies, music, food, and the Boston Pops on television.
The town where I grew up hosted an annual carnival from Monday through Saturday the week of July Fourth, kicking it off with a parade on the Sunday before and giving a fireworks display on the Fourth, so it was always a big day (and big week!) for me. I guess the charge I get out of the holiday must be fueled by nostalgia ...
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