Saturday, June 29, 2013

#LetFreedomBloom with a Free Bloomin’ Onion at Outback on July 4th, Plus This Gift Card Giveaway! #BestMates #Outbackptr

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July Fourth, also known as Independence Day, arrives this week! I can’t believe how quickly this fun summer holiday has arrived. We’re fortunate to live near the local university because they have awesome fireworks every year, so we can relax in our own front yard and watch the show! We look forward to this event every year to celebrate our country’s independence.

Besides watching fireworks, here’s another great way to celebrate the 4th of July: Head on over to an Outback restaurant. Why? Outback Steakhouse is honoring our nation’s birthday by letting freedom bloom. Visit any Outback location in the 50 states and tell your server to “let freedom bloom,” and you’ll receive a FREE Bloomin’ Onion to share with your friends and family at the table. What a great way to celebrate the holiday! To find an Outback location near you, visit outback.com/Locations. Be sure to Like Outback on Facebook too!

Finally, here’s one more way that Outback is celebrating … with a giveaway for my readers!

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Disclosure: I received an Outback gift card as a thank-you for sharing this information.

288 comments:

  1. I live in a place that has the nations largest 4th of July Parade. So it is tradition that we go to that ever year. People camp out for days to get good spots!! That afternoon we hang out with family in a nice shady spot in the park. That even we go to see a big firework show. It is "one of America’s biggest and best patriotic celebrations, drawing in hundreds of thousands of spectators every year from all 50 states and other nations"!!! I am pretty lucky to live in such a patriotic place!!

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  2. Ann Fantom8:00 PM

    We celebrate Independence Day by having a family picnic and then going to watch the fireworks

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  3. We plan on going to a friend's house to set off fireworks!

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  4. For the past several years I've celebrated at my next door neighbors BBQ.

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  5. Cooking Out !!

    ktgonyea at gmail.com

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  6. We just moved. In our old town, they had a parade and fireworks every year.

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  7. It is my sister's birthday so we usually have a family gathering.

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  8. Cookout and hopefully fireworks!

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  9. we love to go swimming & grill out!

    stephanie ann

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  10. Having BBQ party with friends.

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  11. I will be watching fireworks on the beach

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  12. Victoria C1:13 AM

    Fireworks and watermelon

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  13. We usually get together as a family & cookout & do fireworks for the kids.

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  14. We celebrate by having a family cookout!

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  15. We have a family picnic

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  16. Spending time at the lake and grilling out!

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  17. cookout and fireworks!

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  18. Our neighborhood always does a bunch of fireworks. So, we’ll cookout and then go watch them.
    jtmagmom73(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. family barbeque by the pool

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  20. This year we are going to my husbands aunts house to hang out with his extended family.

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  21. Linda W.8:57 AM

    Barbeque and relaxing.

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  22. We used to go to the lakeshore and watch the fireworks over the water.

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  23. will be spending it over my daughters cooking outside and enjoying all the fireworks my son in law bought for my grandkids

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  24. We go to the lake during the day and in the evening we grill out and watch the neighbors' firework show.

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  25. Jessica To11:09 AM

    I have to work on the 4th this year, but I hope to watch fireworks with my son.

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  26. Fireworks and bbq with the family,

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  27. we will have a few friends over for dinner

    cathycasper@hughes.net

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  28. We have a lovely Freedom Festival down by our river, with free water and popcorn balls 3/$1 .. the kids get free glow bands and there's food and music, followed by the fireworks!

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  29. We will be swimming and having a bbq.

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  30. We go to a cookout and then watch fireworks on TV. :)

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  31. We our taking the horses and stagecoach downtown to the parade and then having a big party

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  32. We'll be going to a friends party and watch some fireworks later

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  33. Usually go to the town parade and have a bbq

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  34. i will be spending it with family and friends at a picnic

    rypm25@aol.com

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  35. I will be staying home and having family over for a barbecue. We will be going downtown in the Evening to see the Fireworks.

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  36. This year we will be going to a family reunion to celebrate my MILs 85th birthday--good food and good conversation.
    bethelderton59 at gmail dot com

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  37. We don't do much, just have dinner together.
    asketcher2@hotmail.com

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  38. Anonymous3:24 PM

    Macy's fireworks show!!

    delilahhhhh12@gmail.com

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  39. I wish I had something exciting to share. My husband and sons are going on vacation with my parents, but I am staying home with my daughter who has other commitments. She'll probably make plans with some of her friends leaving me home alone.

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  40. I celebrate by going to my parents for a family picnic and then go to watch fireworks.

    sflickinger at rocketmail dot com

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  41. I love to have a bbq and invite family and friends.

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  42. For the 4th we will celebrate with our yearly tradition of having a cookout with family and friends then later in the evening watch the fireworks while making s'mores over the fire. A lazy fun summer day!

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  43. We have a cook-out and watch fireworks
    Jessica Cox

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  44. we hang out with the family all day and then go watch fireworks at my aunts house


    hebb dot julie at gmail dot com

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  45. Cookout and fireworks

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  46. we are planning on havinf a small group of family and friends over to grill out and swim and then we are going to the stadium to watch a game that follows with fireworks this had been an tradition for 15 yrs

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  47. I spend my July 4th with my daughters, but usually have to spend most of the day calming my dogs because of all the fireworks going on in our neighborhood. Unfortunately, my dogs and cats don't enjoy the holiday, but I love spending time with them and do what I can to distract them from the "warzone" noises all around our neighborhood.

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  48. We're planning on meeting in Missouri at my brother's house. My parents from Florida drove up, visiting the siblings and finishing in MO with a family reunion.

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  49. pool, fireworks and cooking on the grill :)

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  50. We always have a party at our house with about 15-20 people

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  51. We're thinking of going to a casino on the 4th.

    ighmeg at yahoo dot com

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  52. I usually spend it quietly with friends.

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  53. I just enjoy the day off

    sksweeps (at) earthlink (dot) net

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  54. We celebrate by having a barbecue with family and friends
    tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  55. This year I am going to a baseball game but we usually catch a parade and maybe some fireworks.

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  56. My husband and I spend our day celebrating our Anniversary! This one will be our 9th!

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  57. Spending time with my family watching fireworks and BBQing

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  58. Getting together with family and friends and watching some fireworks!

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  59. I usually watch my kids shoot fireworks but they are grown now so I just hang out at home .. nothing out of the ordinary for the 4th of July anymore

    Thank you
    melly66(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  60. I go to a parade and watch fireworks.

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  61. it is also my husband's birthday, and we celebrate with a BBQ with family and friends.

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  62. We have a cookout.

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  63. I have a bbq with family.

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  64. gonna work then bbq and fireworks.

    dani marie ferriza2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  65. Sometimes we will go to a parade and we usually watch the fireworks.

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  66. We usually go to watch our local fireworks on the 4th.

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  67. We have a cook out!!
    ky_grandma40@yahoo.com

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  68. Usually we find somewhere local to watch fireworks, I'm not sure the plan this year!

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  69. cookout with the family
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

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  70. My husband and I either go to a friends house for a bbq or we invite friends over to our place.

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  71. we are going to grill out and then I'm going to see Dark Star Orchestra at Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI

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  72. Make a BBQ with family :)

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  73. We grill out with friends

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  74. we'll bbq at the pool

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  75. We have a cookout and light sprinklers!

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  76. We used to spend it at the beach with family but now that we moved several hours away we are trying to make new traditions. We'll see what we come up with, we live in DC so there is PLENTY to pick from :)

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  77. BBQ and fireworks with the kids

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  78. We live right off the river where the city has its' fireworks display, so we sit in the backyard with our neighbors and enjoy.

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  79. We will have a BBQ and go watch the fireworks

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  80. burgers and dogs on the grill

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  81. Judy Johnston6:32 PM

    Quiet day at home then off to see the fireworks.

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  82. Barbecue and fireworks is the way we celebrate the 4th!

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  83. Marissa6:40 PM

    Normally, when I am at home. My family and I celebrate the fourth of July by helping the local American Legion Post with selling fireworks, and setting up for the children's parade/community potluck.
    This year, I have summer classes, and am unable to go home. I'll probably spend time with my boyfriend, and a few friends and see what Seattle has for fourth of July festivities.

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  84. We go see fireworks in our town.

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  85. sharon shafran7:24 PM

    my birthday is on the 3rd so we just have one big party!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  86. Lisa V.7:27 PM

    Our family gets together for food and fun.

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  87. Anonymous8:04 PM

    We're going to Singing Flag in Concord!

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  88. Tiffany McGehee8:27 PM

    I go to my mom's and we have all the kids swim and have a bbq.

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  89. Anonymous8:36 PM

    Spending it with family and fireworks

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  90. cooking out with friends and family

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  91. we BBQ and do fireworks

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  92. Going to the lake and watching fireworks.

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  93. We have a barbeque and pool party.

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  94. This year I am going to a parade with my father and daughter then my daughter and I will do fireworks.

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  95. We celebrate 4th of July with cooking out with friends & family and then ending the night with watching a firework show :)

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  96. we don't do anything. but we did matching tee shirts
    kayleefaith1228@aol.com

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  97. We watch the 4th of July parade in the morning and then grill out.

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  98. cook out and fireworks

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  99. we grill burgers and hot dogs. We like to set up near the river to get a great view of the fireworks. lexbaylor17 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  100. Daniel M11:00 PM

    not much anymore, cookout with family - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  101. Yard work... sun-worship... and a good old fashion bbq!

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  102. A cookout with the family!

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  103. Grilling cobs and watching the fireworks

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  104. I usually just watch fireworks and get together with family = good food!

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  105. SHowing our son how awesome fireworks are!

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  106. BBQ of course and drinks!

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  107. Just a quiet day at home!

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  108. We got married on 7/3 and since then 7/4 usually ends up being our "recuperation" day from celebrating the day before.

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  109. Go to see fireworks if possible. If not watch them on tv.

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  110. stay and hope and make sure the cats are in before the horrible fireworls start.

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  111. We celebrate with BBQ and fireworks :)

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  112. Barbecue and Fireworks!!

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  113. I will go to the local lake and watch the fireworks show.

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  114. We go for a motorcycle ride with friends and have a picnic in a fabulous park!

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  115. We spend the day with family at my inlaws house in the country were we are able to do fireworks. We have a CD of patriotic music we play and we just enjoy time together.

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  116. We like to have picnics and watch the fireworks! :)

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  117. Comment above listed as John-Paul Thomas is Lynda Thomas in the rafflecopter form. :)

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  118. We go see the firework display over Lake Murray, in Lexington SC.

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  119. And we make an ice cream cake by slicing a rectangular vanilla ice cream block in half horizontally, and then covering it with whipped topping and making a flag with blueberries and strawberries.

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  120. bbq with family and then watching fireworks at university, carawling(at)hotmail(Dot)com

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  121. We go away for the weekend to spend it with family(:

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  122. I celebrate the fourth of July by hanging out with friends and family, then going to see fireworks at night!

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  123. With the husband as it a continuation of our anniversary which is the 3rd:)

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  124. go see fireworks

    kport207 at gmail dot com

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  125. Local parade and then a big fireworks show at the waterfront with the whole family.

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  126. not much really just watch the fireworks

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  127. With a cookout and fireworks!

    xx Kait

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  128. We stay home and cook out. We usually invite family over to celebrate with us.

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  129. We have a big BBQ with friends.

    safety_chick@hotmail.com

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  130. I usually work(retail, no way of escaping it)
    but if I don't, I grill for a friend or two and my dad also and we watch fireworks.
    Gigi(rafflecopter)

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  131. We go have a big family bbq at the in laws place, and fireworks afterwards.

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  132. We view fireworks nearby. ashaldridge at gmail dot com

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  133. we go to the local fireworks show in our town

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  134. Having a cookout!
    Miz Vickik

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  135. Allison C2:15 AM

    We usually don't do anything.

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  136. I usually have a big bbq and go swimming with the family and watch fireworks :)
    crazyweirdo33@yahoo.com
    sarah cool

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  137. I will have a BBQ and watch fireworks

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  138. Just celebrate!!!!!

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  139. we have a huge neighborhood block party with swimming, bbq and fireworks!

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  140. I have pizza, cake and fireworks.

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  141. We usually get together with friends and family, fire up the grill for some great eats and end the day watching fireworks. Thanks

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  142. go watch the fireworks at whatever location is closest that year

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  143. With my family at the pool.

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  144. grilling out and fireworks!

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  145. We go to the morning parade and then watch fireworks in the evening.

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  146. i'm going to relax and watch tv

    misterjim74 at gmail dot com

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  147. My birthday is today (the 3rd), so we always host a party on the fourth to celebrate both!

    acartwrightmorell at gmail dot com

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  148. Eat burgers and hot dogs and chill out

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  149. Always go and see fireworks!

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  150. We have a big old family bbq.
    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill12@gmail.com

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  151. Grilling and fireworks!

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  152. My whole family meets up and we have a huge BBQ and pool party. Afterwards we watch fireworks together.

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  153. I spend the day up north with family.

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  154. We are going to see the fireworks on the 4th! Then on Saturday, we have a big CrabFeast with all our friends!

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  155. I am probably going to read a book and rest :)

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  156. Anonymous8:06 AM

    We are having a BBQ and going to see fireworks.


    Desiree Dunbar
    desireedunbar@hotmail.com

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  157. we make a family meal

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  158. We like to hang by the pool and grill meat.
    mosaic317 at gmail dot com
    Claire McKeon (mosaic317)

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  159. We will have a barbeque in the afternoon and watch the fireworks at night!

    annemarie562000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  160. We get together for a BBQ and Fireworks

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  161. I grill with family and friends.
    traymona[at]aol.com

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  162. My hubby and I go out to eat!

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  163. We stayed home today

    trippyjanet at gmail dot com

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  164. BBQ and Fireworks but we got rained out :(

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  165. Simba C9:42 PM

    I spend it playing games, went too lunch at Red Lobster grilling burgers for dinner then watching a movie maybe some fireworks

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  166. we went to gulfport

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  167. We BBQ with family and go to the park to watch fireworks.

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  168. We usually grill something but I would love to go to Outback instead.

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  169. Anonymous1:45 AM

    Fireworks & Family!!!

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  170. We have a potluck with friends and watch fireworks.

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  171. We celebrate with a BBQ and fireworks at the lake.

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  172. We go to the parade and then BBQ and then go to the fireworks display!

    Kimberley Meier
    momof3chaos at gmail dot com

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  173. we celebrate by bbq and family time
    timothyj228@gmail.com

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  174. with family and friends by the pool then fireworks to end the day

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  175. We spend the day together as a family and watch fireworks

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  176. We have a family BBQ and go to our local fireworks display!

    rtrexel@gmail.com

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  177. Marilyn M.10:01 AM

    picnic and fireworks

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  178. We went to a friends house, swam in the pool, ate lots of food, had homemade Sangria and set off fireworks in the backyard.

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  179. normally we have a pool party and bbq on the deck. we couldnt this year :(

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  180. Anonymous11:56 AM

    I visited with family and sadly watched my Orioles lose

    morganowl28 at gmail dot com

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  181. BBQ with friends, watch fireworks

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  182. We had a cookout and then went to the fireworks show.

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  183. yana ryjova2:08 PM

    We celebrate with a lot of freedom puns and some fireworks
    yanabanana70@yahoo.com

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  184. We go to the park to look at the fireworks!

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  185. We celebrate with a BBQ with friends and family, some swimming

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  186. We had a BBQ by the pool and watched the fire works with our best friends!

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  187. We usually hang out at home with family and friends and have a cookout. Then, our neighbor puts on a great fireworks show that we watch from our back porch.

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  188. caitlin tate5:17 PM

    at home

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  189. BBQ and fireworks with friends and family

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  190. We go over to a friend who owns land and eat pot luck style and set off our own fireworks show... I always make homemade hand cranked ice cream

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