There are a lot of traditions that people have on different holidays throughout the year. Many are similar no matter who you are or where you grow up. For example, almost everyone who grew up in the United States can remember watching fireworks as a kid on the 4th of July. However, far less remember eating Jello cake that resembled the American flag. Some might remember getting in the car and traveling to the lake or to visit family in the morning. Many others remember sitting on the curb watching the parade anxiously anticipating which float will be throwing out the best candy.

Ever since my wife and I have been together the idea of traditions has been something we spend a lot of time thinking and talking about. We ask ourselves how we want to spend Christmas and what we want to do for Thanksgiving. Where we will go, what we will do, what we will eat, how we will decorate, and so on and so forth. We have many opinions on holidays and I will share them with you as they become more relevant.

Today it’s relevant to talk about how we will spend our Independence Day. Will we wake up early to get a good spot on the side of the street to watch the big parade? No, because it’s my opinion that parades are lame. The idea of all crowding together to watch people walk and drive really slow doesn’t appeal to me at all. If I want candy, I can always go to the store and buy some Lemonheads. Right now we don’t have kids. If when we have children they want to go to the parade, then maybe our tradition might change.

Are we going to travel and visit family. No, but this year that has more to do with the schedule just being really busy. Will we head out with a blanket to lay up and watch the fireworks go off at dusk? Probably not. Will we organize and plan a big extravaganza for all our friends to come over to our house? I don’t think so, but I should probably double check with my wife.

What will we be doing, you might ask. Well, we plan to sleep in and then wake up and eat breakfast together. We will probably through something on the grill for lunch and dinner. Maybe we’ll go on a nice long walk together with the Frank (our dog). As long as it doesn’t rain I hope we get the chance to head outside to play some cornhole in the backyard. However, one thing is for sure. We will celebrate our independence the same way we do every year. We are going to watch a movie.

Now, you might be thinking to yourself, this is the greatest idea ever. Now you have to figure out what movie(s) to watch. There are many different ways you could go here. The Patriot is an excellent choice that will remind you to aim small, miss small. If you are a fan of superhero movies you might be thinking about Captain America: The First Avenger. Let me remind you that The Winter Soldier is way better, so be sure you have time for both. While on the subject of series’ you could always go with the adventures of the National Treasure movies. The trailer for London Has Fallen has recently been revealed so maybe you pick, Olympus Has Fallen.

For me it’s an easy decision. There is nothing better than ID4. Independence Day an easy movie to re-watch year after year. It’s a classic. You have Will Smith punching an alien in the face and Jeff Goldblum ranting and thinking out-loud throughout the movie. The best part is, without question, Bill Pullman as the president giving his infamous speech. To this day, no matter how many times I watch it, it still leaves me with goosebumps. If Bill Pullman ran for president in real life, I would vote for him based on that speech alone.

Regardless of what you choose to do on the 4th of July, I encourage to choose wisely. Do it because you want to do it, not because someone expects you to do it. Do what you and your family love, not what will make other people happy. Be awesome instead. Campout in the backyard, watch the fireworks, go to the parade, have a pool party, watch a movie, or eat Jello cake. But do it, because it’s the memory you want to make with your family.