We were both curious to know how our mother used to celebrate the 4h of July so we sat down with her and this is what she had to say.
“This will go back a generation or two depending on your age. There was always so much to look forward to on the 4th of July.
There were the Fireworks that WE could buy for pennies at the store just a bike ride away and the rolls of caps that you set off with a rock or hammer. Sparklers were a favorite until you touched the hot ones that had just burned out. The snakes were my favorite. These were the round black dots that WE lit and would grow into long cylinders of ash. I loved the smell.
Then finally came the Family picnic. After the fun of the day with my friends, we would all pile into the 1954 Ford Convertible and head to Auntie Bab and Uncle Ev’s backyard for our family cookout/picnic. Uncle Ev would set up the Croquet set. My sister and I would challenge the adults while the charcoal heated in the grill. Later in the evening we could hear the neighborhood fireworks from all directions and we would sit in the lawn chairs, wave our sparklers and look to the sky for glimpses of color.”
If this look back in the past sounds like fun and you’re looking for an updated version, may we suggest the following.
On Friday June 30th, from 5pm – 10pm, you can join in on the Mashpee Community Picnic and Fireworks. It’s held on the grounds of the Mashpee High School. There will be live entertainment, pony rides, a dunk tank and carnival games. There will be a K-9 dog demonstration, a juggling show and train rides. Food available for sale includes hot dogs/hamburgers, BBQ pulled chicken, pizza, smoothies, fried dough and ice cream. Fireworks start at 9pm. The rain date has been scheduled for Saturday July 1st. Sounds like fun! Plan on heavy traffic on Rtes. 151 and 28 leading to the school. Bring the family, a blanket, sweaters if it cools off at night and of course – your appetite!
Have a Cape Cod Day!
The Cape Made Team