She still didn't want a picture but she cooperated. (taken by Carie) In awe of the fireworks Marisa under the stars waiting for the fireworks. (by Carie) I love this holiday because I love being an American, and I am reminded of how thankful I am to live in this country. My friend Carie invited us over for an American celebration complete with grilling, fun in the sun, and fireworks afterwards. At the local fireworks show I was reminded that I've spent the last 3 years celebrating the 4th of July with my friend Carie. It is always a great time, and I will be sad to miss it in the coming years.