Rebecca Reviewed It: Hometown 4th

I live in a rural farming area. But I have always considered St. Johns, Michigan my hometown. When I was younger, I spent a lot of my childhood in town. Naturally, when the 4th of July celebration was announced I made plans to go. I am glad I did.

First, I must admit, I am a fan of community events, fairs, and festivals. The celebration in St. Johns did not disappoint. Before heading to the park, we (my cousin and I) stopped at Little Caesars for pizza. The young man that waited on me was polite and professional (a trait, I value in customer service). 

My cousin and I met the rest of our family at St. Johns City Park. The Performance Shell area has plenty of room to watch concerts or other events. Many people bring blankets or lawn chairs along. The area also has a small pavilion. 

Closer to the road leading into the park are picnic tables for public use. We were lucky enough to find one in the shade. Yes, the 4th of July was a hot day for us in Michigan. Luckily the area is close to restrooms and the playground. 

The music, performed by Stone Street Revival, began around 7 pm. I enjoyed listening to the older songs. I found myself singing along to a few of the songs including Sweet Caroline. Yes, I am sorry for anyone who could hear my voice. 

Prior to the start of the fireworks, our group moved toward the other end outside of the St. Johns Redwings football field. We had a perfect view of the fireworks display. I do not know if the show impressed me because I had not seen fireworks in years. Or I was simply happy to be out after everything was canceled in 2020. The Rotary Club of St. Johns hosted a wonderful family-friendly evening.

Will I Go Again? 

In my opinion, if you can spend an evening with family, eat pizza, listen to music, and watch fireworks, do it. Yes, I plan on attending the 4th of July celebration in St. Johns again. In fact, The Clinton County Arts Council will host different music events throughout the summer at 7 pm on Wednesday nights. I am hoping to attend a few more concerts in the park.  

July 4th, 2021…a beautiful night


4th of July Quotes

 Independence Day is about honoring our past and celebrating the hopes for the future. As Americans the time has come to push together for a better tomorrow. The use of quotes is inspirational and fun. Are you looking for patriotic sayings or quotes to celebrate the 4th of July?

  1. “America is a tune. It must be sung together.” Gerald Stanley Lee
  2. “Ask not what your country can do for you-ask what you can do for your country.” John F. Kennedy
  3. “Liberty is the breath of life to nations.” George Bernard Shaw
  4. “Let’s not forget why we celebrate 4th of July, it is the day Will Smith saved us from the aliens.” Unknown
  5. “The fact is, with every friendship you make and every bond you establish, you are shaping the image of America projected to the rest of the world.” Michelle Obama
  6. “You cannot separate peace and freedom. Because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.” Malcolm X
  7. “I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.” Abraham Lincoln
  8. “People in power are trying to convince us that the villain in our American story is each other. But that is not our story. That is not who we are. That’s not our America. Our United States of America is not about us versus them. It’s about We the people!” Kamala Harris
  9. “There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.” Bill Clinton
  10. “Laughter is America’s most important export.” Walt Disney
  11. “We, the People, recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights; that our destinies are bound together; that a freedom which only asks what’s in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism, is unworthy of our founding ideals, and those who died in their defense.” Barack Obama
  12. “America has never been united by blood or birth or soil. We are bound by ideals that move us beyond our backgrounds, lift us above our interests and teach us what it means to be citizens.” George W. Bush
  13. “The essence of America — that which really unites us — is not ethnicity, or nationality or religion — it is an idea — and what an idea it is: That you can come from humble circumstances and do great things. That it doesn’t matter where you came from but where you are going.” Condoleezza Rice
  14. “Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” Abraham Lincoln

Photo Prompts for the 4th of July

Happy Independence Day! The 4th of July is a wonderful day to take memorable photos. Celebrations, community events, family gatherings, and fireworks add to the magnificent holiday. Are you looking for photo inspiration for the 4th of July? Check out the following photo prompts for an unforgettable day.

  1. Red, White, and Blue
  2. Celebrations
  3. Holding sparklers.
  4. United States Flag blowing in the breeze.
  5. Holding the U.S. Flag.
  6. Patriotic
  7. Family
  8. Friends
  9. Community
  10. Hometown
  11. Music
  12. God Bless America
  13. Food
  14. Beverages
  15. Forefathers
  16. History
  17. Picnic
  18. BBQ
  19. Bonfire (S’mores)
  20. Fireworks

Remember when taking photos, be safe! Have a great 4th of July.

July’s Journal Writing Prompts

Are you ready for July journal prompts?  Look at the following list for inspiration when writing in your journal every day.

  1. How did June go for you, your family, friends, work, and community? Describe your highs and lows for the month?
  2. Describe patriotism.
  3. Did you celebrate the 4th of July as a child? What is your best Independence Day memory?
  4. Happy Independence Day! What did you do to celebrate the holiday?
  5. What are the current pandemic restrictions in your area? Are the guidelines better or worse?
  6. What do you hope to accomplish this month? List 10 items.
  7. Free write for 20 minutes.
  8. Describe your perfect summer day.
  9. What were you doing exactly at 2pm? Describe the moment in detail.
  10.  What activity do you engage for self-care? Why does this activity help you?
  11. Write letters to friends or relatives. The content is entirely up to you. Also, you never have to send the letters. The decision to share the letters is your choice.
  12. Write about your first summer job.
  13. Write about your first summer crush.
  14. Write about your favorite summer childhood memory.
  15. Summer provides me a chance to__________. Fill in the blank but write at least a paragraph on the activity.
  16. Using your five senses. Describe the last time you were at the beach, lake, or poolside.
  17. Go to a summer community event. Afterwards, write a review of the activity.
  18. What do you feel is the most important part of summer? Why?
  19. How does summer affect your personal life, work, family, friends, etc.? Do you spend more or less time together? Why?
  20. Do you remember being 14 on summer break? What was your typical daily life at that age?
  21. What made you laugh today? Why was this moment funny?
  22. Write a review of your favorite summer movie, song, or television series.
  23. Write about your current stressors, anxiety, or fears for the upcoming months.
  24. Write about a recent news report. Why did this story seem important to you?
  25. You just won a major lottery jackpot! What do you do with the winnings? Provide details.
  26. Do you think you make a good first impression? Why?
  27. What do you do on a rainy summer day?
  28. Who is the one person in your life that you can always count on? What makes this person so special?
  29. Christmas in July is a major marketing campaign. Are you already thinking ahead to the holiday season? How do you hope the holiday will go for you?
  30. What do you hope to accomplish in the remaining months of 2021?
  31. What are you looking forward to in August?

July Photo Prompts

Summer is in full swing. Restrictions from the pandemic are beginning to lift. The time is right to get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful weather. Grab your camera and start snapping pictures before summer is over. Do you need some photo inspiration for July? Check out the following list of ideas.

  1. Take an outdoor selfie.
  2. Reflection
  3. Shadow
  4. Happy 4th of July! Celebrations & Fireworks.
  5. Summertime Vibes
  6. Natural Light
  7. Beverage
  8. 3 p.m.
  9. Food
  10. Trees
  11. Sunset or Sunrise (or both)
  12. Street
  13. Friends
  14. Clouds/Sky
  15. Sign
  16. Flowers
  17. Still
  18. Texture or Patterns
  19. Low Light
  20. Water
  21. Insects
  22. Close-Up
  23. Black and White
  24. Distance
  25. Up-Side Down
  26. Nature
  27. Love
  28. Animal
  29. Motion
  30. Backward
  31. Photographer’s Choice

Ways to Celebrate the 4th of July at Home

Are you staying home for the 4th of July? You are not alone. Finances, the weather, social distancing, or health concerns are keeping many people at home this year for Independence Day. Staying at home doesn’t necessarily mean a boring holiday. With little preparation, you can make this 4th of July memorable for your family.

Ideas to Celebrate Independence Day at Home

Enjoy being at home with your family on Independence Day. Create new family traditions or expand on older ones.

Food and Treats

One of the best parts of any holiday is food. The 4th of July is an excellent time to get outdoors.

  • Host a BBQ: Whether you host a BBQ for just your family or a few friends, grilling out on the 4th of July is a tradition. In addition to grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, potato salad, macaroni salad, beans, and chips are perfect for hosting a BBQ.
  • Picnic: If you want to stay close to home but get outdoors, go on a picnic. Local and state parks are open. Being outdoors is a wonderful way to get fresh air and enjoy the sun.
  • Sundae Bar: Buy a couple different flavors of ice cream and all the fixings. Red, white, and blue sprinkles are a perfect holiday topping. Whipped topping, chocolate chips, flavored toppings, and nuts are other welcomed favorites for ice. Allow your children to create their own masterpieces.
  • Piñata: Buy a piñata as part of your holiday celebration. Your children will enjoy the candy and prizes.

Games

Keeping children busy on the 4th of July helps produce lasting memories. If the weather permits, play games outdoors. Do you need some ideas? Go old school.

  • 3-Legged Race
  • Burlap Bag Race
  • Water Balloon Toss
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Crafts
  • Slip and Slide
  • Playing in the Sprinkler

Crafts

Are you looking for a low-key 4th of July celebration or a place for children to relax in the shade? Setting up a craft table is simple. Just remember to stick to the red, white, and blue theme.

  • Tie-Dye T-Shirts: Purchase red and blue dye to add color to white t-shirts. Provide rubber bands to make different markings on the shirts. A tie-dye t-shirt is a perfect take-home gift or memorable experience.
  • Make Necklaces: Red, white, and blue pony beads are inexpensive. Provide trays of beads to all your children, and guests make necklaces or bracelets.
  • Make Crowns: Posterboard, glitter, red, white, and blue construction paper are great for making crowns.

Bonfire

Host a bonfire. Roast marshmallows for S’mores and enjoy an evening under the stars.

Fireworks

With many fireworks canceled, you may want to set a few off for your family to enjoy. Sparklers are always a fun tradition for the entire family to enjoy. If you are setting off larger fireworks, be courteous, and let your neighbors know your plans.

The 4th of July is a time to celebrate freedom. But there is no right or wrong way to celebrate Independence Day. Ordering pizza and watching fireworks on television can be a fun-filled night for your family.