We asked a few of our team members about their favorite holiday traditions:
Paige Bunting, Costumer Loyalty
Growing up, the Fourth always included an annual rafting trip down the Willamette river. The day started and ended with the same quirky rituals. We would start out with a big breakfast to prepare for the big day of rafting ahead of us. Each July 4th morning (along with any other warranted holiday) my dad would wake us up unnecessarily early because sleeping in meant “time’s a wastin’!” Bodies would be dressed, bellies would be fed and car would be packed (with, or without you) by 8am on the dot. We’d float the river for most of the day, then post up on a bank near the local baseball stadium and wait for the sun to set to watch the fireworks.
Christy Pak, Product
Fourth of July is dancing in sprinklers and frosted glasses of lemonade (and tequila). We have buckets of ice and food that would stop your heart. My family is Korean, so we have a great mix of Kalbi ribs and hot dog franks on the grill. My favorite thing to eat is a hotdog with some macaroni chili (this is one of my fave macaroni chili recipes) and raw onions thrown on top. Hot sauce optional. (It never fails to make me regret eating it afterwards, but while you eat — it feels so right). At night, my family and I head over to Alviso CA, where lots of families have fireworks shows from their yards! Its the only place you can get up close and personal with the show! I never fail to head back home with ringing ears.
Lindsay Laffoon, Design
One of my favorite memories growing up was spending the fourth of July in Westport, Wa. My Aunt and Uncle would host a massive family and friends reunion consisting of softball games, beach days, warshoe (washer toss) tournaments and my Papa’s famous spaghetti feed. I left every 4th of July happier then I came and looking forward to the next year.
Randall Ginsberg, Marketing
This is the time for family, friends, good food and of course, fireworks. The Fourth begins at my brother’s house where we all gather for a bbq and indulge in hamburgers, hot dogs and macaroni salad. I love spending time in the pool with my nephews and hanging out with friends. My mom has a tradition of a taking a photo with all of the men in her life in a patriotic shirt! Once it begins to get into the early evening, my wife and I head over to her sister’s house for their annual fireworks display. This is always fun since we get to spend time with her family and have some dessert. Everyone in the family brings over whatever fireworks they can muster up and we take over a portion of the street when it gets dark. The fireworks go on for a long time and they are capped off by personal favorite, the grand finale. This is where all the biggest fireworks which have been saved for last are set off simultaneously. It is quite the sight to see and a great way to finish off this important holiday. Happy Fourth everyone!