Rob once asked me what my favorite holiday was, and after some thought, I said, “The 4th of July."
“Seriously,” Rob replied with raised eyebrows.
“Yeah. It’s in the summer during the best weather of the year. There are parades, BBQs, family get-togethers, rodeos, and fireworks. What’s not to love about that!” I told him.
It wasn’t until this year that I understood Rob’s surprised reaction. Rob didn’t grow up loving Independence Day as much as me. He didn’t go to parades or rodeos or love summer weather. Now that we’ve celebrated this holiday in Arizona together I can understand why. It’s not the best weather of the year here, so no parades or rodeos, it’s a bit uncomfortable to BBQ and watch fireworks in the heat. That being said, we still tried to make the 4th fun, even though it was different.
On the way home, we watched another firework show that, unbeknownst to us, happened to be right in our neighborhood. Ha. So we really didn’t need to go far for fireworks, but we did… and we got to see two shows.
After breakfast and a quick nursing break, we regrouped and headed down to Tempe Town Lake thinking we’d let the kids enjoy the splash pad and possibly take a boat out on the lake. Once we got close, all the roads leading to the Tempe Beach Park were barricaded. So we parked and started walking to the beach park. On the way we found out that the splash pad and the beach park were closed for an event that night. We were bummed! It was hot and Molly kept asking to go to the splash pad. Instead we walked around Mill and shopped at Urban Outfitters.