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Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Celebrating Independence Day in and around Prince William County.
Having July 4th fall on a Wednesday makes it difficult for my family to do our usual tradition of traveling to spend the holiday with relatives. However, even with only one day off to celebrate, we're finding some great things to do in the area to make this July 4th a blast! Independence Day Events Dale City July 4th Parade and Family Fun Day: The 45-year-old tradition of the Dale City July 4th Parade starts at 10 a.m. at Kirkdale Drive, continues along Dale Boulevard and finishes at Gemini Way. The parade is followed by the Family Fun Day at the commuter lot between Comcast and Center Plaza until 2 p.m. Celebrate America in Old Town Manassas: There will be a variety of concessions, rides, and live entertainment in the streets surrounding …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Some American Flag inspired treats for your your Independence Day festivities.
Break out the pie pans and patriotism for your Independence Day desserts. Here are a few fun and easy ideas to make with your family. 1. You can make or buy an angel food cake or a pound cake. Next cut it into cubes or pieces and add blueberries, strawberries and whipped cream. This can be served in individual dishes or one large one. 2. Another idea is to make a cake shaped like our nation's flag. Buy white cake mix and make it in a rectangle shaped pan. After baking, let it cool and cover the top with cool whip. Add blueberries for the stars of the flag. Cut strawberries into quarters and use to make stripes on your cake. My kids loved making this one. 3. Here's a fun one: Take strawberries and dip into melted white chocolate partway…
Keep your pets safe and happy as you celebrate July 4 in Lake Ridge, Occoquan or Woodbridge.
If your dog is nervous about thunderstorms, the Fourth of July can be downright terrifying. Before you head out to the Potomac Nationals fireworks or your celebration of choice, be sure to review the pet tips below. The first business day after July 4 is one of the busiest days of the year at local pet shelters, according to the Humane Society of the United States, as many dogs run away in fear from the loud noises of fireworks displays. To avoid losing your four-legged friend on the Fourth of July, leave them inside – a frightened dog is more likely to jump a fence or dig underneath it to run away from loud noises than dogs that aren’t scared. Make sure your pet has a collar on with securely attached, legible identification tags that …
Monday, July 4, 2011
For Keri Goodfriend, a few years of military living equals life-long lessons
As a kid, celebrating Independence Day meant hot dogs and hamburgers, sparklers and catching fireflies, watching fireworks through the car window (I was the kid scared of the big booms), and watching the concert on the mall…on TV. Independence Day may be a day filled with festivities and fireworks, but for me it’s is a time to remember and celebrate that we have a country worth fighting for, and being extremely grateful to those service members and families that sacrifice for their fellow Americans every day. Prior to my personal experience with the military, I really didn’t appreciate that. Then life happened, and my perspective changed. In college, I took an ROTC lab, just for fun; we rappelled down dormitory buildings, ruck marched …
Sunday, July 3, 2011
What's open and what's closed.
Listed below are the Independence Day closings for Prince William County government offices, Circuit and General District Courts, Landfill and Libraries. Government Offices: Courts: Landfill: Libraries:
The Fourth of July Brings together three things that every kid needs.
There are a few things that I remember vividly from my childhood and one of those was the summer months, especially the Fourth of July. As the school year came to an end and I said goodbye to my teachers and classmates, I became more and more excited because of all the fun that the summer months brought. Days would be spent playing basketball outside, staying up late, reading books for pleasure, and hanging out with friends. However, the climax of these summer months always came during the Fourth of July. The weekend of the Fourth, we would pack up our truck with all our luggage, hop in and go on a family road trip to South Carolina. I loved these road trips because I had the opportunity to play games in the car or try to beat my dad’s …
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Patch contributor recalls her first Fourth of July celebration.
Summer of 1989: Milli Vanilli topped the music charts, the Berlin Wall had not yet fallen, and I was thirteen years old, away from Montreal on vacation at my sister’s, in her tiny apartment facing the National Cathedral. She lived with her then husband in a building reserved for the elderly. How they managed to secure their tiny flat while in their twenties I can’t recall. We spent Independence Day in Scottsville, Va, on the farm of a man of impressive breadth and stature known to family as Uncle Bull. I remember a few things quite clearly: my nails were painted red (an abomination in my mother’s world), there was a bottomless vat of potato salad, and someone’s cousin twanged a plaintive song she had written by the title, “Lucky, Lucky …
Friday, July 1, 2011
The magic of the Fourth of July brings a family together.
As the July Fourth weekend approaches, I cannot help but begin to feel the excitement of what’s to come. This is the holiday that can bring a family together that has been separated by arguments, distance, or being overworked. My family has the basic issue of forgetting to make time for each other, whether it’s due to being a workaholic or just being heavily involved in daily activities. Over time, some members have moved out of state while others have started new business ventures that take even more time away from the family. However, come holidays such as the Fourth of July, members of the family show up in full force to enjoy the festivities together. Maybe it’s the magic of the fireworks that binds this family together for a weekend…
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Do you have a special memory or perspective to share?
Over the weekend, Lake Ridge Patch writers will be posting thoughts on what July 4 means to them. Some will be sharing memories, and some may have an added appreciation for the holiday because they or their loved ones have made sacrifices for freedom. I invite you to join the conversation. I'd love to hear what the holiday means to you. Do you remember childhood days of running around a bonfire with a sparkler in your hand? Have you or a child, spouse, or parent served in the military? Whatever your story is, feel free to share it here.