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Celebrating Independence Day

Times call for the simple traditions

By Jillian Chandler

It continues to be a common theme not only in Gig Harbor but across the state and country; large community events and gatherings continue to be halted as a result of the continued safety concerns amid COVID-19. Though there won’t be any parades making their way down the streets as adults and children alike line the roadways wearing their red, white and blue and waving their American flags proudly, and the bright sights and booming sounds of fireworks won’t be taking over the night skies in honor of our independence, there is still much to rejoice in—even if this means a smaller, more intimate celebration.

There’s nothing like a good ol’ Fourth of July backyard barbecue. Whether it’s with your spouse and kids or a gathering among friends, spending a warm summer day outdoors—especially on Independence Day—calls for some grilling and cool beverages. Make it a potluck, and have everyone bring one of their favorite dishes. This is a fun time to share those traditional family recipes that you grew up enjoying to help celebrate the holiday.

Add in some fun backyard games, like three-ring toss or horseshoes, cornhole and table tennis, and everyone, no matter their age, is bound to take part in some good old-fashioned friendly competition.

Spending a day out on the water is the norm here in the harbor, but it’s always that much more meaningful to get out on your boat, paddleboard or kayak, feeling the breeze across your face as you freely glide across the open waters—that feeling of freedom is truly indescribable. And while on the water, you’re sure to meet up with old friends while making new friends as well! With the Fourth of July falling on a Saturday, you can always opt for a quiet holiday and take a mini road trip, and be sure to pack a patriotic picnic for the road!

However you choose to celebrate this Independence Day, it’s up to you to make it one to remember. And the most important way is by celebrating with the ones you hold most dear. Happy Independence Day, Gig Harbor!

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