When people think of celebrating the 4th, they picture themselves at the pool or at the lake enjoying the water and a good BBQ. My family is no different. We celebrate most summer holidays at our family lake house on Lake Jacksonville.
We invite all our friends and usually have anywhere from 20 - 30 people show up. My sister-in-law and I will start discussing our menu for the big day weeks in advance and plan our grocery lists accordingly. This year we decided on simple good old American hot dogs with all the fixings. This past year we acquired a hot dog grilling machine. It looks like one of the ones they use in gas stations like at QT. What is so good about this hot dog machine is that it can hold over 30 hot dogs at one time and will slowly cook them without someone having to stand over a hot grill all day. It was perfect for our July 4th BBQ. We loaded the machine up that morning and as people would get a hot dog off we would put more on.
Lake Jacksonville Association has some wonderful family-friendly activities for the 4th of July. One of these is the annual 4th of July Flotilla. How this works is that you decorate your boat with tons of patriotic decorations. No amount of decorations is too big or too small. Then the boats participating in the Flotilla line up at the dam behind the lake police boat. We then parade around the main lake area waving at the people who are watching from their docks. It is a blast and we look forward to it each year!
After the July 4th Flotilla everyone gathered back at our lake house and we spent the afternoon playing games, eating hot dogs, and boating. Everyone that comes brings their favorite dip or dessert . A couple treats that were really popular this year was Jennifer’s Lemon Ice Box Pie and Tonya’s Homemade Grapenut Ice Cream. They both didn't last long and they sure tasted good on a hot July day in Texas!
Another one of the activities that the Lake Jacksonville Association hosts is the evening firework show over the water. This usually begins around 9:30 p.m. on July 4th. The Association loads up a barge, located in the center of the lake, full of fireworks. People will wear all the fun glow in the dark necklaces and bracelets and gather on their boats, a safe distance away, to watch the beautiful firework display in the sky. If you have never watched fireworks from a boat in the water you are really missing out. You get a completely different view from the water. Since we are on a lake the echo of the sound of the popping is a little eerie.
We enjoy watching them every year and it usually means the ending of another fun July 4th spent on the lake. I hope all our friends and family enjoyed your own July 4th celebration and made fun memories to last a lifetime.