We have a packed schedule for 3 days filled with all sorts of events and competitions. When I was younger some of my favorite traditions were the push cart races, sand castle contest, and fishing derby--we caught 72 sunfish one year! In high school it was spending the whole weekend lifeguarding at the beach and attempting a win in the canoe races (the lifeguard boat gets sunk every year, just like clock work).
As a 20-something professional who no longer lives in Tower Lakes (but thanks for letting me crash for the weekend Mom & Dad!), we all still come back and each year is somehow more fun than the one prior. I can't imagine celebrating the 4th anywhere else, and I'm so glad I've never had to!
My favorite memory of July 4th, 2015 was the Tug-Of-War... during the battle of East Side vs. West Side, the rope actually snapped right in half. It sounded like a gunshot and in an instant, everyone fell to the ground. What's more epic than that!?
This year I also got a weekend full of Pat McKillen music. He ended a 3-day bender of playing various venues in the Chicagoland area with an impromptu show on my neighbor's back porch. No better way to close out another phenomenal 4th than singing tunes with old friends under a firework filled sky.