I’ve always loved the idea of the 4th of July; pool parties, BBQ’s, fireworks, and color coordinated outfits– what more could I possibly want? In years gone by, I’ve experienced the quintessential 4th of July activities through the lenses of social media. This year however, I finally got to live out my pinterest dreams and have a real American 4th of July celebration!
With much excitement, my family and I headed out to the Poconos on Sunday with some of our friends, and it did not disappoint! From swimming in waterfalls, making s’mores, shooting, to reading the Declaration of Independence, it was the best holiday weekend ever!
With this in mind, I thought I would share some of this weekend’s best moments via pictures, because you already know I take way too many haha.
Our first night, we made s’mores over the fire, and I was totally in my happy place! There I was, under a canopy of stars with some of our best family friends, making s’mores. Yep– 100% my happy place!
For lunch the next day, we headed to Callie’s Pretzel Factory, and man oh man was it amazing. We got to watch our 3 ginormous 1-pound pretzel’s be made, and explore the various ways pretzels can be consumed. Seriously, best pretzels I’ve ever had!
It was so nice to be out in the Poconos and out of the city for a little! I loved sitting outside every morning in the sun, and relaxing in a different environment. It was so much fun being able to do fireworks and have a huge barbecue and do other things that aren’t really easy to do in the city. One of my favorite things we did on the 4th however, was stand out under the stars and read aloud the Declaration of Independence with our friends. It was so special to take a moment to ponder and reflect on the foundational truths of our nation, remember those who fought for our freedom, and appreciate just how lucky I am to call this country home.
Being in the mountains, we got to go to the most beautiful creek. Yes, it was freezing, but it was SO much fun that the water temp. was justifiable. Scattered throughout the creek were several of these natural waterslides imbedded in waterfalls and covered in moss. They were so perfect, and so much fun! It was seriously one of the coolest experiences ever and I can’t wait to go back.
I had the most special holiday weekend, and I’ve returned to normal life feeling so incredibly blessed. Of course, the pictures and stories above only portray a tiny portion of my holiday celebrations, but I am nonetheless happy to show you the moments I captured.
I pray you all had a great holiday weekend, and are enjoying the summer!
All the love.