Growing up, my family made the Fourth of July a big deal. We usually had an all-day-long barbecue with friends and family. By early evening, we were packing up our blankets and stadium chairs and heading off to find the perfect spot to watch the fireworks. I love the memories of this fun and very family-oriented holiday. But somehow, we've never been able to carry that tradition with our family. Some years we've been able to have a picnic; other years we've done our own "fireworks." Every year though, it's not really been planned and sort of thrown together at the last minute. This year, a few weeks before Independence Day, I mentioned to the Nerd that this time I really wanted to lay down some plans and have a very memorable day. Life happened, and before we knew it, the holiday was here, and we had no plans. As usual.We decided to barbecue; then we nixed that plan and headed to Wendy's. Yes, you heard that right. We were celebrating in style, baby! I did want to see the fireworks, but we needed to find a place that wouldn't freak out the Beast. He loves fireworks but hates crowds and can easily get overwhelmed. After some researching on the interwebs, we decided to ditch Portland's fireworks and head out toward the coast to Tillamook.
It was a happy, happy Fourth. We got back home incredibly late, but it was worth it. We finally have a plan for next year! :)