Among the activities most commonly associated with Independence Day — things like barbecues, picnics, concerts, family reunions and baseball games — I have the most tenuous relationship with fireworks. I think they’re awesome to watch, but I have little desire to get in there and shoot any off myself.

Many of the other Independence Day activities usually have food or drink aspects related to them, especially my favorites, but there’s rarely appetizers served while watching fireworks.

I know how to handle tasty treats at a picnic or party, but I don’t feel like I ever learned how to properly handle fireworks, so I don’t want to make a mistake and hurt myself, or someone else.

When I was younger, my family was much more likely to go watch fireworks after a day of celebrating than to purchase any ourselves, so I don’t really know what would be best to buy, though I have seen that they can get pricey pretty quickly. That’s why I prefer the savings of watching rather than firing them off myself — and luckily there’s plenty of opportunities to see big fireworks displays in this area of the country.

I’ve always greatly enjoyed watching fireworks for the Fourth of July, as I feel that is one of the first things most people associate with the holiday. I’ve never really understood why people pop fireworks after midnight when a new year has come. I know it’s a fun way to celebrate, but fireworks mean Independence Day for me and a lot of people.

And since bigger is always better when it comes to fireworks, I can’t wait to see what the country will do for America’s 250th birthday in 2026. I missed being born in time for the country’s big bicentennial celebration of 1976 by about nine months, but a goal of mine has long been to see the country’s 300th-anniversary celebration later this century.

But that’s a long way off at this point, and 250 years is a quarter of a millennium, so I’m sure America will party like never before nine years from now. But that doesn’t mean, Tuesday won’t be a big party as well.

Happy birthday Tuesday to Karen Atkinson and Jimmy Howard Cummings, both of Sherman; and Georgia Roberson of Savoy.

Happy anniversary Tuesday to Gordon and Darlene Duke of Sherman, 44 years; and Mel and Penny Carruth of Denison, 32 years.