Monday, July 7, 2014

A Three Tree Fourth

Reminiscing over half a century of July fourths I've come to realize I've been blessed with many sweet recollections. With the cousins, as a child, I recall riding in the back of the pickup truck to Courthouse and Jail Rock and Bridgeport's evening rodeo with fireworks to precede our own sparkler fun. Then there was the honeymoon 'fourth' in a sweet cabin on Puget Sound and later with friends watching our kids do their own parade in Georgia. Most recently we've succumbed to letting the now grown kids do their own thing, while we clean the garage and watch the neighborhood fireworks. What a treat it was to spend this Fourth of July at Three Tree Point with our dear friends, Suzanne and Ty and family!

Three Tree Point is a close knit beach community on Puget Sound. For around 30 years they have been celebrating Independence Day right. It starts with a bugle call at 8:30 AM, then breakfast is served from 9-11 AM. The afternoon is highlighted with a flag raising ceremony, a children's parade, a small carnival, a treasure hunt and a kayak parade. Before the fireworks show a band plays and there's dancing in the street! The fireworks display was big, but sitting on the beach watching a 180 degree plus light show around the sound was spectacular. We've already made plans to join them again next year!

Here's our day in photographs.

Our home for the fourth

First, unloading the kayaks

Morning view up the street

Time for breakfast

View from the water

More from the water

Kids' parade

Kayak/paddle board parade and Mount Rainier 

How do you keep the critters calm?

Food is an important part of the day

Time to party

Dancing in the street

Mount Rainier overseeing the festivities

The night ended with a boom

And a bang!

To think such celebrations were taking place from sea to shining sea warms my heart. I am blessed to live in a country where we're free to celebrate or protest if we choose. This day I witnessed joyous celebration!

Patriotic Decorative Pillows by RyensMarketplace on etsy

I brought the potato salad! I love making it. Most folks say they love eating it. Next week I'll tell the story behind it and how it's made! 

Summer officially begins in the Pacific Northwest on July 5th. Happy summer to all!
Linda <><


  1. What a wonderful place to celebrate! Glad you had a great time!

  2. Looks like a great location and good time.

  3. The nation feels small and intimate with that thought: time zone after time zone, celebrations follow each other, many of them the same - good picnic food (hot dogs and potato salad), parades, fireworks. Yes, we are blessed.

  4. Oh, how I would love to visit the Pacific Northwest some day.....I live in the Northeast so it may be a while. Your pictures look so homey and somewhere I 'd want to be! Our 4th here was cold and rainy. We drove 6 hours in a car and then skipped the fireworks....maybe next year!

  5. It looks like such a fun time in your town. Glad you got to spend time with your friends!

  6. I have some great childhood memories around the 4th, too. My grandparents lived on a farm and every year my grandfather and my dad would take my sisters and I to the firework stands to pick out our favorite fireworks. Later that evening after dinner, we would picnic in the front yard on watermelons followed by our own private fireworks. Such fun!