my late grandpa Vermal loved holidays...especially the 4th. he spent a fortune on fireworks & brought them to our house to shoot them off. he was always nailing some spinny thing somewhere & it would take off chasing him.
my family used to have a huge family picnic every year, Uncle Bob ran the grill for years, Tom took over towards the end. Grandma Grace & Aunt Minerva would make homemade ice cream. The last picnic I remember was the year I was pregnant with Katie.
we had to get up early to milk & do chores so we'd be done before everyone showed up. and then there was milking & chores to do at night, too. Grandma & Grandpa would always stay for fireworks. Grandma made the best potato salad.