How to celebrate the 4th of July in the 70s.

We were so patriotic, we even lived in a house that started with a "76"

Can I just say that man, I wish I had even one dress as cool as the one my mother wore on the Fourth of July in 1970? Of course, I'm not lookin' too shabby with my matchy-matchy shoes and purse.

As we pause to celebrate our nation's birthday next week at either Kaboom Town in Addison, or Fair Park Fourth downtown, I am reminded of my childhood patriotism. My neighborhood knew how to celebrate a nation's birthday, I'll tell you what.

Top Five Ways to Celebrate the 4th of July in the 70s.
1. Play Reveille on your front porch at 6am. What. Your mother didn't do this?

2. Shoot off a real cannon. After the reveille. Duh.

3. Roast an entire pig in your backyard. What. You mean your ex-marine neighbor across the street didn't roast an entire pig in his smoker, after shooting off the cannon in sync with your mother's reveille, for the whole block to eat on the 4th of July, scaring all the little kids half to death by chasing them around with a pig's head?

4. Blow up tennis balls. And soda cans. And Matchbox cars. And Barbies. One word: M80.

5. Play Poker. The great American past-time, at least from my perspective. I learned how to play 21 and Between the Sheets when I was five. For money. While eating a roasted pig, yo.

All those Fourth of July Pinterest Boards seem so passive. However, they do seem a tad safer your little brother seeing if he can hit your head with a Roman Candle from up the block. (And, yes, he can.)

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