The 4th is one of our big holidays, and in Utah, we were always able to do it in a big way. There's nothing quite like figuring out how to do things in a new place...so, we asked around a bit. We were able to come up with a pretty good 4th Washington style.
The city next to ours, Carnation, has a cute little parade on the 4th, and we started there.
The weather was beautiful and we didn't cook! It was so nice.
A lot like Provo's downtown activities, there were bounce houses and slides, etc. It was so sad, they were crazy micromanaged (one kid on a structure at a time), so the kids spent most of their time standing in line. I did miss the Provo free-for-all at this point. It was always a little exciting to see if they would come back with all of their teeth ;)
After the Carnation festivities we headed home for some rest. We intended to go back to Carnation for the big city fireworks show, but decided sitting at home with a private fireworks show sounded better. Oh, and we went out to Thai for dinner. We may have overdone the bbq'ing by the time we got to the 4th ;)
Whoever came up with the fireworks "backpack" is a genius. I mean, really.
Fairy wands, i.e. sparklers are always a favorite of the girls, young and old:
The kids LOVED doing the fireworks in the backyard. I loved not having to fight traffic and being steps from my bed.