Our family enjoys hiking (this year biking), k-bobs along with corn (so good when grilled inside the husks) and watermelon from the farmer's market.
peach and blackberry cobblers with fresh whipped heavy cream,
and fireworks (which we were sad to miss this year due to rain and hail).
...played Settlers instead (not quite the same without Michael and Laura home). By the way, check out Michael's post highlighting interesting articles about American independence--there's one on blogging as a reflection of the possibility of agency and power for the individual or for many individuals, the groundswell idea...