The Gilbert Family: Fourth of July 2018 Edition

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We had an absolute blast on the Fourth of July this year.  We decided not to over plan this year and I’m so happy that we did.  There was no way in 100+ degree heat, 6 months pregnant, with a 3-year-old and a 1-year-old was down for an adventure.

Red, White, and Boom McKinney Fourth of July Parade

We started the day off at the Red, White, and Boom McKinney Parade.  It definitely did not disappoint.  It was absolutely perfect for little ones.  We were able to grab a spot in the first row which was huge since my little ones wanted to stand on their own and they wouldn’t have been able to see otherwise.

There were floats made by the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and various local churches.  It was a kick to see the little kids dressed like George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, even a little Betsy Ross!  Some of the coolest classic cars brought the National Spelling Bee champion, mayor, and various councilmen down Main Street.  My sons got a real kick out of the marching band, police motorcycle cruisers, and mounted police.  Add in some firetrucks and you really couldn’t ask for anything else to delight a little boy!

Poolside on the Fourth of July

Instead of hanging around downtown after the parade we fled to our community pool.  We seriously have the best one.  It’s big, beautiful, clean and has a large playground.  Best of all, it is almost always empty.  I have no idea why, but there is never more than 1 or 2 other people there when we go.  It was deserted when we got there.  So the Gilbert clan had an olympic sized pool all to themselves on the Fourth of July.

And Sometimes Home is the Best Place to Be

After the usual post swimming craziness (seriously, lunch, bath time, showers, and 2 loads of laundry every time) we just spent the rest of the afternoon at home.  The boys took a super long nap which means so did Steve and I.  Then we ate dinner out in the backyard with Neil McCoy radio blasting.  Hot Dogs, Bratwurst, and Cheeseburgers.  It was the absolute best way to end a relaxing Independence Day.

How did you spend your Independence Day?


17 thoughts on “The Gilbert Family: Fourth of July 2018 Edition

  1. I wanted to be at the pool on the 4h but we had a wild storm that day so we stayed home but we everyone was still able to watch fireworks in the evening so it all worked out.

  2. Sounds perfect! We had a great time too – we moved to New Braunfels from Austin this summer and attended first parade. And it was our 2-year-old’s first parade ever! Gotta love celebrating our great nation in our great state of Texas! 😉

  3. Wow sounds like a fun 4th your family had! Mine visited friends in the countryside to enjoy a nature hike before the firework show. I total agree with not over planning the holiday!

  4. Sounds like you had a great 4th! That is great you have a community pool that the family can enjoy!

    ~xo Sheree

  5. That sounds so fun! I really miss having a big parade nearby for the 4th. Right now we’re stationed in Florida, so we were blessed to be able to see the fireworks over the ocean! Our last duty station before here was in Alaska, and every year we were there I would be so sad on Independence Day because it was still bright outside so no fireworks!

  6. Our 4th was wet, rainy, boring, and dull!!! We tried to attend our city’s local celebration and got rained out with a gigantic and scary thunderstorm! Then it rained for two more days, so we just stayed at home and enjoyed a peaceful few days. I’m excited for that new baby coming! Congratulations!

  7. Wow! You are sure lucky to have a community pool that has few visitors. Ours is often so overcrowded that it isn’t enjoyable. We try to keep things somewhat low-key on July 4th too as the other holidays are full speed! The change of pace is sure nice! Have a great week!

  8. Aww, this sounds like a lovely day! I’m from the U.K., so I love reading about the exciting things you guys do for the 4th of July!

  9. Ahhhh MCKINNEY!!! <3 I LOVE that place!!! I also love that picture you have of the hotdogs…what's more American than that?? I also stayed home for a good moment, because it was SO HOT here in Dallas! I kept going to the pool, and was PERFECT. I went to the Addison Kaboom town the night before, so the 4th was a big self care day for me! Loved reading more about your life!! xo

  10. It sounds like you and your family had an awesome 4th! The parade sounds like such a good time. It’s been forever since I’ve been to a 4th parade or event for that matter (we typically just stay at home). I know with the heat being crazy the pool was a nice way to relax.

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