We decided to go to the breakfast they had at the church for the 4th of July. They had a nice little ceremony before hand where they raised the flag and had a prayer and reading. It was nice to see everyone and some of the food was pretty good :)
As we were leaving a sister asked us if we were going to the parade. We hadn't heard about it, but since it was starting soon and we didn't have any plans we decided to check it out. We found a great parking spot where we could sit in the back of the van and Quentin was able to get some candy and other goodies. It wasn't the coolest parade. A lot of the participants were promoting their businesses, churches, or themselves (politicians running for office).
While the kids were taking their nap Albert and I watched part of the John Adams HBO special. We watched the whole thing a few years ago, but it was a real nice reminder of how our country was formed. It made me appreciate the role our Heavenly Father must have played in the Revolution because otherwise those colonists didn't stand a chance against a well-trained, well-funded army like the British. It really was a miracle how it came together and the experiment we call the United States has been a beacon of democracy for countries all over the world. I'm so thankful to live in this country and for the sacrifices the Founding Fathers and those who fought for the freedoms we enjoy today.
Later on we let Quentin stay up late and light off sparklers, throw some snaps, and watch the fireworks. We have a perfect view of the fireworks in Albuquerque so we just watched them from our backyard. It was pretty cool this year because there was a lightening storm at the same time so there were fireworks and lightening going off together.