My best memory of the 4th was a family gathering at my brother's in the Colorado mountains. We had buckets of dirt from a topaz mine and spent the morning finding jewels. Then we dressed the 4 and 2 year old in costumes, made pinwheels and ribbons streamers, decorated the wheel barrel and paraded them up and down the dirt road by the house. My 80 year old mother taught them to say "Hooray for the 4th of July!" They begged to go again and again, so we took turns parading and being the crowd cheering. For dinner we ate fresh caught trout and crayfish. What is your favorite memory of the nation's birthday?