Aug 11, 2013 00:07 Pat Shingleton for Thursday, July 4, 2013 Pat Shingleton for Thursday, July 4, 2013 Advocate story Aug. 11, 2013 Comments John Adams believed this day should be celebrated “by pomp and parade, with games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other. ...” With Independence Day sandwiched in the heart of summertime, additional activities now include picnics, baseball, watermelon, hot-dog eating contests and trips to the beach. Ours included a large backyard picnic. Wash tubs, stocked with chilled drinks from ice house ice blocks. On the grill, footlong hot dogs and burgers. The backyard provided Wiffle ball, volleyball or touch football games. From Longview Drive, we looked out over a valley of fireworks blasted skyward from the Conquenessing Country Club, the Blue Sky and Spotlight 88 Drive-In Theatres. We’d trek to J and T Frozen Custard Stand to wrap up the day. Fastcast: Showers then clearing.