July Fourth in America July 4, 2014 By kimwheeler No Comments Happy Fourth of July. Sorry I bet a few of you we wondering what happened to me.. Vacation was one reason and then I got sick. I’m better now, but I didn’t get out my usual Wimbledon post, (so upset about ANDY), and other planned things! Hawaii trip posts upcoming. Just a few thoughts to share today and things I’ve saved. I like getting home for the fourth and all the celebrations and parties. The older I get, the more I appreciate the little parades, and picnics and barbecues. Here in California, it’s always dry, so fireworks are mostly, umm under the table. Some still venture out to get the Picolo Petes and other crazy exploding and sparking items. In California many streets gather to watch one or two set these off. I love when Americans dress up their homes…. as well as themselves in patriotic and creative way! I still think about the Bicentennial in 1976! I was a 6th grader at the time. I remember all the bells in all the churches and halls ringing at the same time that day! My friends and I collected the special edition quarters. (Anyone remember those or that day?) Fredrick Childe Hassam, Fourth of July New York, 1916. I love being an American and July 4th reminds me how lucky we are. I just love flags and also blue and red used in design. A few inspiring and fun ideas that make me want to use more of it. I am ordering this pillow from Pottery Barn to go on my white couches. It’s also sale right now. Better Homes and Gardens Architectural Digest…Go big or go home! Ralph Lauren always gets it right. Adore this! I’m crazy for the art in vintage magazines, especially the holiday editions. This T&C cover done by Frank Lloyd Wright. Vogue 1933. Sorry lost the credit for this one, but what a fun look for the fourth! This one too! July 4th morning, we are going to the neighborhood I grew up in. My parents still live there and the neighborhood has a giant parade with floats, cars, decorated bikes, scooters, wagons, dogs and people. Afterwards, hot dogs and ice cream are sold in the park. The fire department comes and hoses everyone down too. It’s a blast and my kids wouldn’t miss it, even though they are teens now. It’s the little things you know? Wishing you all an ice cream cone, some sparklers, and fun! Kim Images Pinterest unless otherwise noted.