The Fourth of July has always been one of my favorite holidays, notwithstanding the time my brother launched sparklers into a dry hedge and created a little house fire, many years back. Watching the fireworks over City Beach park in Oak Harbor on the 4th, or over Holmes Harbor on the 3rd, is a treat I look forward to each year.
Part of what makes small town life on the Island so special is the fact that we cherish and commemorate holidays with very old school flourish. Parades down main street for Memorial Day and Halloween, crowds gathered around a big windmill to look up at a spectacular display of light and color in the dark sky, a red ticket drawing that brings hundreds of shoppers to the Historic Waterfront District of Coupeville to see who gets to win $1000 for having "shopped Local".
With so many nice Navy families on the Island, based at NAS Whidbey, patriotic traditions are cherished, and it will be nice to know that the sound of rockets blazing in the air will simply be to bring delight to those gathered to oooohhh and ahhhh.
Happy Independence Day to you all!
p.s. Here is the most red, white and blue house currently on the market here on
Whidbey. Right on the beach at Harrington Lagoon, perfect for living the Island Dream, wouldn't you say?