As always, the Tri-Lakes Area remains a terrific place to be on the Fourth of July and its associated weekend.

Aside from the normal array of activities – both indoor and outdoor – one can enjoy in the Branson area throughout the year, there were a multitude of fireworks displays and patriotic activities put on by municipalities and private entities, from College of the Ozarks’ Honor America, to the Fire Cracker 5000, to Branson Landing’s Liberty Light Up, to Kimberling City’s Fireburst, to fireworks displays and activities in Hollister and Rockaway Beach, to several resorts and campgrounds putting on their own displays.

And on a private level, it seemed like my neighborhood in Branson was much noisier than usual this year. That’s not something I would want to say most of the year, but on the Fourth, it seemed more of my neighbors were celebrating Independence Day in the full-on splendor reserved for this specific holiday.

The weather might have played a role in more neighborhood activity; recent rains probably increased confidence that no one would accidentally start a fire.

However you celebrated your Fourth of July – even if you just stayed indoors and comforted a confused dog – I hope you had a wonderful time honoring America’s birthday.

Enjoy the rest of your summer. It’s off to a good start.

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