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Step aside Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Year's...I'm about to declare the Fourth of July my all-time favorite holiday. Forget caroling in the cold, overeating while the Detroit Lions lose (again), or waiting for a ball to drop in a crowded city - Independence Day is where it's at.

In fact, I think the beautiful thing about the fourth is that there's so much less of all that pomp and circumstance. While other holidays mandate travel to far away family and cooking up feasts to feed twenty hungry mouths, the fourth is a day dedicated to summer fun. The traditions of the day are low-maintenance - sitting to watch the local parade in the sunshine or staying up late for a fantastic fireworks show. Ironically, the rest is kind of...independent. No obligations, no awkward family reunions, no age-old Jell-O recipe that everyone secretly hates. It's all up to you!

Growing up in Traverse City, I spent every Fourth of July of my childhood floating on the boat in West Bay, totally decked out in my Cherry Festival attire. The water was always just warm enough for my dad to drive us out into the middle of the lake so we could cannon ball in our life vests while he and my mom rated our jumps with Olympic-level credibility. Then we'd head ashore to dine on charcoal grilled hot dogs and watermelon slices before we bundled up to stay up past our bedtime for the fireworks.

Now that I'm older, things aren't much different. I still soak up the sun all day long before eating more hot dogs than I should and staying up late for the fireworks. There are a few new traditions, though and I may have a glass of wine with that hot dog. But for the most part, it's the same holiday I've loved my whole life long.

However you celebrate the fourth - on the boat, out to eat, at the parade, or in it - may your holiday be every bit as fun, relaxing, and indulgent as you need it to be.   

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