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Fourth of July Memories

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People love to reminisce about holidays spent with family and friends — even in condolence messages.

Fireworks, hot dogs, family — these are the things I associate with the 4th of July. And I’m not the only one who treasures those classic memories. People love to reminisce about holidays spent with family and friends — even in condolence messages shared after the death of a loved one. Here are five memories shared in Legacy condolence books that recall happy times together with family on the 4th of July.


“One of my fondest memories of him is when he delivered one of my son’s on the 4th of July. He told me that I couldn’t have him on that day because of his annual cookout. (he was only kidding) He came to St. Thomas More early in the morning delivered my son in his shirt sleeves, once everything was ok….. off he went to his cookout. He came back that evening and I kidded him about not bringing me anything to eat.”

—Shared via the Denver Post


“Every 4th of July I can’t help but recall the great fun we had as boys – Jason loved fireworks and we would have 2 or 3 full weeks of firecracker destruction and bottle rocket fights.” 

—Shared via the Knoxville News Sentinel


“Bobby was my cousin, but we all called him “Uncle Bobby” because of his kindness and avuncular nature – he was very generous to all of his “nephews” – especially at family gatherings like the 4th of July at his lake house. He would often sneak up and slip a ten or twenty dollar bill to us and whisper, ‘Here, take this and go get you some fireworks or something like that.’”

—Shared via the Express-News


“Just yesterday I was remembering the day I broke Dena and my mother out of Elmood to go to the 4th of July concert at the Hayes Center (and didn’t sign them out correctly, send everyone into a Panic!). Spending time with her while visiting my mom was always an adventure.”

—Shared via the Toledo Blade


“My favorite memory I have is from the last time i was at the house before you guys sold it. It was the 4th of July and everyone else had already gone home and the three of us were sitting on the porch talking when the fire works started and me and aunt jean walked down to the edge of the side street so we could watch them. We asked if you wanted to come and you made a big deal about how its just fire works and you had seen them a hundred times. Then during the display i looked over and you were gone and after looking around i noticed you snuck out to the edge of the main road standing behind the big bushes so we couldn’t see that you had gone out there to watch the fire works." 

—Shared via the Asbury Park Press


Originally published 2011