Contact Us

An Old-Fashioned Fourth of July I Remember

As you’re enjoying your day off (hopefully) today, I’ll bet you have memories of old-fashioned fourth of July’s from when you were a kid. I know I do! We all come from different backgrounds and are different ages, but I have some memories I’d like to share with you when I was a kid growing up in Utica way back when.

Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images

My family’s fourth of July usually included:

1. A family picnic at Sylvan Beach (we crammed uncles, aunts, cousins and more into that car).

2. Eating watermelon and corn on the cobb  for the first time of the season.

3. Heading home from the beach and off to the Utica Parkway for a band concert (often MC’d by the late Ralph Allinger, a legendary local broadcaster from our sister station, WIBX).

4. Sitting in the car while everyone kept blowing their horns at the parkway hill for the fireworks* to start (even though it was still light out at 8:30 p.m.)

* Today, the Utica Fireworks are held at Proctor Park.

5. Listening to my father boiling over behind the wheel of the car, trying to get out of the mess of post-fireworks traffic.

6. Going home and asking my parents if we could light up the sparklers.

7. Asking my parents, now what do we do (and havning them answer, “Haven’t you done enough  for one day?)

Best Of Big Frog 104

Recommended For You

Best Of The Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Big Frog Rewards Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive Big Frog Rewards Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.