Monday, July 6, 2009

Fun Monday - Sharing Our Patriotism

This week's Fun Monday hostess is the very patriotic Grace and she has asked the FM participants the following:

July 4th is US Independence day, for Fun Monday, please tell how you spend your Independence Day either this year or in the past. Do you have a July 4th funny story you would like to share? Do you have a family tradition for this day? For those who are not US residents, please tell us when your country’s Independence day is and share with us how you celebrate/spend it. We would love some pictures too, you can share your stories in pictures too.

Those who visited my blog Saturday (see post below) may already know that I spent my Independence Day visiting my Nation's capital, Washington DC. It was a family affair, as my father-in-law and his wonderful wife Sharon, along with my sister-in-law, Lori joined us on a bus ride to DC. Usually, we would spend the 4th at a family cook-out, but it just so happened that a "Tea Party" event was scheduled in DC on this day, and my hubby wanted to partake in the festivities. Since I am not that into politics, I was more or less "along for the ride" and waited for the opportunity to sneak away from the event with my two girls to take in some sightseeing in downtown DC.

The Tea Party was held in front of the Capitol Building, so we took a short hike to the new Visitor's Center and then found our way to Union Station where we shopped and had lunch. We did not have too much time, because the event ended promptly at 2 p.m. and we had to catch the bus home. Since we got back from our trip so early, we were able to take in the fire works display at the Carroll County Farm Museum. My other SIL lives directly across from the Museum, making it very convenient year after year for family and friends to grab some great food, and then walk a short distance to watch the half hour display of spectacular fireworks.

We had a very fulfilling day! Spending the day in DC and ending it with fireworks seemed to be the perfect way to celebrate America's birthday!

(click on image to enlarge)

To see more photos of DC, click on "My Photos" to the left

Thanks again for hosting Fun Monday, Grace. I am looking forward to reading what everyone else has to say here.


Janis said...

Great photos, only in our Great Country..America, can you witness our freedom of speech in a civil and quiet manner. That is what makes our nation so wonerful. You captured the sparkle in the fireworks.

jill said...

sounds like it would be majestic to be in the capitol on that day. my post is up!

Tracey9AD said...

What a great day! I still have to get one of those shirts!

Sayre said...

DC leaves me breathless with wonder every time I visit - I can only imagine what spending the 4th of July there would feel like! Thanks for a little peek!

Pamela said...

That is truly an act that gives 4th of July its true meaning. Freedom.

I'm impressed when protest is peaceful and without using foul language etc.

quilly said...

What a great way to celebrate the 4th and honor our founding fathers. Did you not all the references to God on the monuments? How can anyone see that and say our roots didn't stem from God?

Faye said...

You get the best FM fireworks photography award, Church Lady. When I scrolled down your page I caught my breath--beautiful! I always loved being sent to DC when I was working. It's a treasure for all of us. Lunch in Union Station? That brings back happy memories.

Like you, I'm not as political as I was before the presidential elections. Don't mind the Tea Parties, though. We had one in Louisville. Like the idea of citizens caring enough to take a public stand on issues rather than just rolling over to elected officials.

I had trouble getting signed on to Fun Monday this week but I do have a bit of silliness posted if you have time to stop by.

Tracy said...

Love the pictures especially the one of everyone facing the Capitol so you can see the back of their shirts. Looks like it was a great time...for Republicans!!

grace said...

Wow! what a way to celebrate July 4th, maybe one day my family and I will get to go to DC. Love the pictures, they are beautiful. thanks for playing..grace

margaret said...

Ditto what Janis said :-) Happy belated Fourth!!

Stephanie, Mama Dramatist said...

How appropriate -- an emphasis on the freedoms our forefathers fought and died for on our nation's birthday! Well done!!

Ari_1965 said...

Someday my fireworks photos are going to turn out that well.


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