We spent the fourth of July in Idaho at my brother’s property just like we’ve done for the past several years and it’s always a good time.

The sky was showing off and in beautiful form just as we were starting to light fireworks over the pond. It was the perfect gradient of yellow to purple and it made for the perfect backdrop to our little show.

If your kids are anything like mine – they love sparklers, so here’s a little parenting hack: Buy the 20″ wedding sparklers online. They are made for wedding send offs so they last a really long time and they don’t produce very much smoke (think wedding send off photos). The worst part of sparklers is lighting them every 10 seconds because that’s about how long they usually last – not the case with wedding sparklers!