Here in La Cañada Flintridge we were showing our patriotism with many families honoring our nation's 234th birthday by flying their flags. It was really lovely to see "Old Glory" decorating so many people's houses.
Of course I get a little more revved up about this holiday because I have at least nine ancestors who fought for our freedom in the American Revolutionary War. Because of my extensive research I know which battles they fought in. In some cases I have copies of documents where they have recounted their war experiences and the officers and other soldiers they fought with.
On Sunday night I had dinner with friends who live on a lofty mountaintop with a practically unobstructed view of the Rose Bowl. Sitting on their backyard patio, we pulled up our chairs in a row and watched the fireworks show far away from the crowds and smoke. We could also see fireworks from about five other cities and small parks — it was quite a spectacular show!