I hope everyone was able to stay dry for all the 4th of July celebrations! It stormed here pretty heavily and it looked like across the map there was a lot of rain everywhere. Every 4th our house is the designated Independence Day Party spot. I have my family over for a day of swimming, games, lots of eating and of course fireworks! I have 15 nieces and nephews ranging from age 20 years old to 3 months old, so there was a constant flurry of kids running around the backyard having a great time! We were able to get in a few hours of swimming before the first storm hit, then shortly after that we were back out again for dinner and the fireworks. All the older kids get a chance to let off a few fireworks (with the help of an adult of course). It’s like a rite of passage for them! Here are some fun facts about July 4th - 2.5 million – In July 1776, the number of people living in the colonies. 300 million – On this July 4th, the population milestone our nation soon will be closing in on. 150 million – Estimated number of hot dogs will be consumed today. That's roughly 1 dog for every two people in the U.S. $211 million – has been spent on the importation of fireworks from China. The next holiday is Labor Day on September 3rd and that will be here before you know it! By then our Halloween website and stores will be in full swing and busy as ever! Our kids will be back in school and looking forward to having that long weekend off. Don’t forget to check out our website for all your school play needs!