We thought this might be a good chance to reflect back on a previous 4th of July celebration at Big Cedar Lodge:
There is something fascinating about watching families spread out their blankets in preparation for a Fourth of July fireworks show. Each step is done religiously. As their parents and grandparents did for them; so they train the little ones. In time, the ritual will be carried out by their children and their children’s children as well.
The Rite begins with finding the ideal spot. Fathers must put thought into how the fireworks will be viewed, and then mothers adjust the position according to safety. One cannot be too close or too far; in other words, the spot must be perfect.
Next, the blanket is placed and properly squared. Although just a piece of material, on this night it becomes theatre seating under bursting clouds of celebration. It’s our country’s birthday, and everyone wants a front row seat.
Finally, everyone takes their position for the evening. “Daddy, sit by me,” can be heard across the lawn, and “When is it going to start?” echoes again and again. The anticipation is felt by young and old.
Then it happens. The first notes are played from the song engrained in every American heart, the song that silences every crowd, the song that symbolizes what it means to be American… The Star Spangled Banner.
The sky erupts as color and sound collide. Each rocket streams upward and envelops the sky in shimmering beauty. One after another, each color is a little brighter and bolder than the one before.
Big Cedar Lodge offered Bar-B-Q, pony rides, live music, and kid’s activities throughout the day on the Fourth; but guests came to see the fireworks. The show is without a doubt, the best display in the area.
Families travel from across the lake and across the country to find their “front row” blanket seat amongst the Ozark Mountains. And as each exploding plume cast light on the faces below, the ritual is complete. Big Cedar Lodge was the perfect spot!
Happy Birthday, America.