The tradition on July 4th is to head down to Minnetrista to Grandma Carlson's to celebrate independence day with the Carlson Crew (this is Cathie's side of the family). It is a fun time of fellowship, lake time, swimming, good food, birthday celebration, and ends the night with a boat ride with fireworks.
Ben and I have done this tradition since we were dating, however, we don't go on the boat as Addy is a bit too small for that yet plus it is past her bedtime.
We took some pictures of July 4th and the festivities. There are a couple cute ones of Addy and Grandpa Charlie sharing a cupcake and of course a picture of Addy and Ellie in matching shirts. But to forewarn you, Addy had reached her max for the day during the cousin pictures...still a fun memory.