4th of July-Day 4

Well it’s finally here! My final post I think of how our family spends the 4th of July. This is the 4th in a series so if you missed any of the other days are curious as to how we got here then you may want to check them out. Here is a little linky love to make it easier for you: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3.

This is the Day After. Now some folks are smart and skip this holiday all together, pop in some ear plugs and get on to bed nice and early. Others are up all night and chugging the coffee come the day after the 4th. Us, well we stay up late and get up early. Some chug a mug or three of coffee, some don’t. But we all get up and get to work. The earlier the better because when that sun gets high, it gets hot. Never fails every July 5th the sun does some serious shining. Ok I can remember one 5th that is was still rainy, but that is rare. Usually the 5th dawns bright and gets hot by 11 a.m. So it’s in our best interest to get on up and out to work.

There is much to be done on the 5th. Much.

The clean up begins and finishes on the 5th. We never leave anything for the 6th. Because usually we all have to travel back to whence we came and go back to work and what not. So we all take the 5th off to get ‘er done. It would be sad to leave all this for just my Dad to clean up.

The Before...


Lovely no?


Joy no?


Mmm-hmm...it's a mess!

Yup, it’s a messy mess alright. I mean the fall out goes everywhere! This was in the fence!

The Fence!


Fallout, that is what the remains are called. Today I even found a bit of mortar tube lying on the hitch at the back of my car. We brought home a souvenir!

Clean up means it all gets picked up. Well the vast majority does. There will always be little bits left here and there, but for the most part it gets D O N E. In past years, it’s just been us. Just the family, in those days it took us ALL day even with an early start.

Other years we’ve had helpers. This was one of those years-yay!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!


Some jobs are harder than others like de-spiking the railings

16" spikes on each side, driven into the ground. Safety people, safety! But they need to be pried back up-ugh...


Of course one of the toughest jobs is making sure the trailer doesn’t un-hitch and it’s balanced properly too…

Yup, they're toughing it out...


Everyone pitches in. There is plenty for all to do no matter what your age

Everyone who comes back out on the 5th is fed a hearty breakfast. There is always pancakes, bacon and eggs. As much as you can eat. This year we also had the best french toast ever! If you come on the 5th you will be well fed as a thank you for helping out. We really love to have help!

Work till your hungry then fill your belly!

We keep at it. Taking few breaks because the day only gets hotter as the sun rises. It’s better to be done earlier.

Getting there, it's looking better. This is about Noon.


Finally comes the raking. Basically anything big is picked up by hand, the racks are taken down and rails are removed. Cakes and candles are bagged. Then we all grab a rake, a trash bag and go for it.

Ugh...this always happens at the hottest part of the day because it's the last thing to do.


When that is done, finally, finally, oh blessfully, blissfully finally we are done!

The After.


When we get to this, we all go inside and crash clean up, pack up and zombie drive home. To bed, to rest. Just posting this has made me a sleepy sleeperson thinking about all that hard work.

And so concludes my little series on our Family 4th of July celebration.

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About Sheila's Thinkerings

Happily married wife, happily mommied mom. I am far from perfect but I don't mind. Also I am a wee bit crazy, it's true. Just ask anyone who's ever met me...
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