Pat Shingleton: "The Fourth..."
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, hot dog contests, and trips to the beach. I remember the weather being just about perfect for the Fourth of July. There was always a large picnic in the backyard. Two or three wash tubs were stocked with drinks, kept cold from the blocks of ice from the local ice house. On the grill, foot-long hot dogs and burgers, along with potato salad, baked beans and casseroles contributed from all the relatives. My grandfather made sure there was a chilled watermelon in the basement. After participating in a baseball game or marching in a parade, the backyard provided wiffle-ball games, volleyball or touch football. Finally, from Longview Drive on Wiley Hill in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania, we would look out over a valley as fireworks blasted skyward from the Conquenessing Country Club below. Other displays were viewed from the Blue Sky and Spotlight 88 Drive-In Theatres. We'd trek to J and T Frozen Custard Stand to wrap-up the day. Enjoy the 4th.