Pat Shingleton:"John Adams, Footlong Dogs and Frozen Custard"
John Adams believed that this day should be celebrated "by pomp and parade, with games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other..." With Independence Day sandwiched in the heart of summertime additional activities now include: picnics, baseball, watermelon and hotdog contests, and trips to the beach. Ours included a large backyard picnic. Wash tubs, stocked with chilled drinks from ice house ice blocks. On the grill, foot-long hotdogs and burgers and the backyard provided wiffle-ball, volleyball or touch football. From Longview Drive we looked out over a valley of fireworks blasted skyward from the Conquenessing Country Club, the Blue Sky and Spotlight 88 Drive-In Theatres. We'd trek to J and T Frozen Custard Stand to wrap-up the day.
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