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What is your favorite Fourth of July memory?

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Photo of Carrie Daly

“Decorating my bike and going on a parade in our neighborhood when I was a little kid.”

Photo of Kami Wisdom

“The first time I ever lit a sparkler because I definitely was scared; when I conquered that I was pretty happy.”

Photo of Matt Lawson

“Barbecues at my grandma’s house, in the yard playing horseshoes.”

Photo of Jess Smith

“Hanging out with the family. We lived in North Dakota and would always go out into the country and shoot fireworks”


Gart 5 years, 9 months ago

Starting it off with a good bang......

Gart 5 years, 9 months ago

Saudi's......Celebrate our 4th? O.k... Please tell me what I am missing.

somedude20 5 years, 9 months ago

I am guessing she is with Matt Lawson living there. He use to be the head chef at Dempsey's (and a really stand-up nice cat as well) but took a gig in Saudi chefting and sadly went away. Dempsey's rocks!

Gart 5 years, 9 months ago

Is that that Sheen boy? He seems to pop up anywhere he can these days, I guess.

somedude20 5 years, 9 months ago

so is a small bathing suit on a young attractive female

Ronnie24 5 years, 9 months ago

Gathering with family and friends. The best part was the water fights... Started by my dad every time !

Maddy Griffin 5 years, 9 months ago

Favorite memory would have to be the year we dug a pit and roasted a full pig in it. Digging the thing up was big fun. We scorched a couple of the fruit trees along the back fence, but the following year, the pears came back bigger and sweeter than ever. And the meat fell off the bone.

John Spencer 5 years, 9 months ago

Being on the hill south of the stadium and the big shells exploding maybe 50' off the ground and being surrounded by the burning parts of the explosion. I still think they were doing it on purpose because we didn't pay to sit in the stadium.

brutus 5 years, 9 months ago

Having a coffee can full of Black Cats and blowing up ant hills.

Flap Doodle 5 years, 9 months ago

Sitting in a park by the river in Austin listening to the symphony play the 1812 Overture. Cannons were involved.

Terry Sexton 5 years, 9 months ago

O_Bob, that whole comment reads like a soft porn excerpt from a jaded husband's memoir. Kudos!

riverdrifter 5 years, 9 months ago

In 1957 my dad and several others were setting off the fireworks for the show in Baldwin. A short round landed right in the large wooden crate where the mortars were and the whole thing went off in seconds. There was no wind and in a few minutes they all appeared out of a wall of white smoke and made a sweeping bow to the crowd in the stadium. They got a standing ovation. Nobody was hurt.

scaramouchepart2 5 years, 9 months ago

Getting to be home with my husband watching on the greatest musicals most have never heard. 1776.

somedude20 5 years, 9 months ago

When I was a small yute, my parents and I would each eat 6 grams of bath salts and then walk around the town trying to find the perfect face to eat. These hot temps would be perfect as it would cook the face a little to release its full flavor

That or skinny dipping with the girl of the moment at Lake Perry and swallowing some "water" and having the poops for a week (better than a flesh eating bacteria though)

labmonkey 5 years, 9 months ago


You gave me a good idea yesterday that I will have to do next time I go to my parents... I have a cooler full of old, skunky beer cans from a Chiefs game a couple years ago. I need to load them up and explode them with the Nagant, the AK, and the AR near one of my parents' ponds.

RoeDapple 5 years, 9 months ago

Cool! We had a case of root beer left over from a birthday party 4 years ago. Make sure it's been sitting in the sun for a while, really adds to the effect. Also gives the range a nice root beer scent for a while. Next year? Strawberry! Be sure to take something to put the resulting carnage (trash) in when your done.

riverdrifter 5 years, 9 months ago

I've got a jar of kim chee with an expiration date of 7-2008 that I'll contribute. That ought to be a real gas.

Terry Sexton 5 years, 9 months ago

Just up until last year, I had a gallon jar of sliced jalapenos that I bought in 1991. That thing mighta blowed up pretty good if somebody shot it. Icaintalkaboutit but I ain't got the jar no more.

kuguardgrl13 5 years, 9 months ago

Growing up in Pittsburgh, PA, with Zambelli fireworks displays. They're considered to be some of the best in the country, so yesterday's display at the Kaw was kind of lackluster for me. Maybe I'll head to KC or Wichita next year. Although I will say the Party in the Park was fun.

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