For me, the July 4 holiday, when not working that day, has mostly consisted of TV and some backyard fireworks.
The TV part consisted mostly of watching the movie "1776" to celebrate those brave men who put forth those dangerous ideas that became the Declaration of Independence. Those members of Congress are often the forgotten heroes of our festivities.
The backyard fireworks have been what I could see from the neighborhood of the big shows put together by Anderson Speedway and others.
This year it will be a bit different. My wife and I are venturing out to Hoosier Park to take in an entire day of harness racing, good food, good music and 30 solid minutes of fireworks — 10,000 shells of them to be exact. All of that will begin about 10 p.m. and will be set to rock and roll hits from a variety of artists.
First post is 5:15 p.m. for the live racing, but beginning at 4, drivers will be doing a meet and greet and handing out free quick pick wagers to the first 200 people at the track entrance.
There will also be some food and drink specials that are typical of Fridays to go with T-shirt tosses, harness racing bingo and handicapping contests.
Besides the music that will accompany the fireworks, there will be two live acts performing that evening. The first will be the Willis Clan, a family band from the TV show "America's Got Talent." There are 12 siblings in the show, which features Irish folk and contemporary county music. That music will begin when the live racing concludes up until time for fireworks to begin.
After the fireworks are finished, The Flying Toasters will be on hand to take the celebration further into the night.
It will be a perfect blend of many of the things I find the most enjoyable in the summer here in Anderson — horse racing, live music and good food.