Obagi 4th of July Traditions

07.01.2015, 12:54 CDT | Posted In: Company News

Berries and Cream for 4th of July

Freedom, Fireworks, and Family - isn’t that what the 4th of July is all about? We wanted to get an inside glimpse into how some of our staff and their families celebrate American Independence Day, so we asked the Obagi team to share their 4th of July traditions. Some are fun, some yummy, and some moving…please enjoy, and share your own 4th of July traditions in the comments below!

Every 4th of July morning, my husband and our three boys begin the day going to the local parade. The kids love it because they catch a ton of candy from the local businesses that ride and toss treats to all the kids. Usually there are some fun old fashioned cars that ride by, too. In the afternoon, we go swim at the club with friends and by dusk, we stake our claim on the golf course to watch the fireworks show! All the kids wear glow necklaces so we can keep track of them once it's dark. It's a blast for everyone!”

Nicole, Medical Sales Consultant

Nicole Sears image

I grew up in a small town called Random Lake, WI on the lake. My family and our neighbors buy a lot of fireworks and float a big tube out on the lake from which we fire off the fireworks. Everybody sits out in the back yard and we have a fireworks extravaganza.

Two years ago my Mom was battling pancreatic cancer and we knew it would probably be her last 4th, so we REALLY went all out and bought more fireworks than usual and planned an extra special finale. The night before, things went terribly wrong for my Mom and she passed the morning of the 4th. SO we went back and bought more and REALLY, REALLY did up the finale! It was spectacular with symphonic music playing and a lot of tears of sorrow and happiness being shed at the same time.

Last year, we spared no expenses either, and this year and all the years to come will be the same, as we now have this great tradition of lighting up the sky for the whole town to see – celebrating our independence and a GREAT mom at the same time.

And of course Brats and Hamburgers are always served in Wisconsin!”

Jack, Sr. Sales Coordinator

fireworks on beach

“My family and I love to travel but get bored sitting on the beach, preferring more adventurous activities. So for July 4th, we have the tradition of driving to a small town called Scottsville, Virginia. It is a quaint, cute, little Main Street town outside of Charlottesville, Virginia on the James River.

We camp on the banks of the James River that comes equipped with a rooster that wakes you up VERY early in the morning.

On the 4th of July we pay a couple of locals to drive us and our kayaks about 13 miles up the river early in the morning. And then we do an all-day float down the river. It is a beautiful, fun, and exciting day!! When we get back to camp, we cook dinner, clean up, and pack our cooler of drinks, then head back out in the kayaks right before it gets dark and paddle just a short distance up the river.

The town of Scottsville, even though it is small in size, does an amazing, HUGE fireworks display. People from hours away come to Scottsville to see the fireworks. Some park a mile away, hike to the river banks, and flank both sides of the bridge that crosses into downtown Scottsville. My family and friends are some of the few people in small boats and kayaks in the river. Seeing a HUGE fireworks display is AWESOME, but can’t touch seeing a fireworks display laying on your back on top of your kayak with the fireworks exploding directly over you on the James River!”

Susie, Professional Sales Consultant
 

“My 4th of July party is held at my house every year with family and friends. In the city of Lakewood, CA, we are still able to light fireworks, so the neighborhood sets up in the front of their house to BBQ or blocks off streets for block parties. We have a ton of food (two tables worth), and everything is decorated in red, white and blue. We go swimming, light fireworks, pass around jello shots and listen to music. For our grand finale at the end of the night, we light our last big firework while listening to the song Proud to be an American.”

Medina, Practice Development Specialist

Medina's 4th of July pic

“4th of July is a special time for us…It’s my Nana’s birthday. This year she will be celebrating 85 years young! I can remember my whole life celebrating with friends and family gathering together. Foods are usually fresh fruit, salads, grilled vegetables and steaks. We love having lots of fresh fruit with bright red and blue colors and serving them fresh made whipped cream…so festive!”

Ari, Practice Development Specialist

berries and cream for 4th of july

BONUS! Here’s the recipe for Ari’s homemade whipped cream and fresh berries:

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup of white vinegar
  • 1 carton raspberries or strawberries
  • 1 carton blueberries or blackberries
  • 1 pint of heavy whipping cream
  • ½ tsp. of vanilla bean paste or extract
  • Sugar or sweetener of choice to taste
  • Fresh mint leaves

DIRECTIONS

  1. Rinse berries with ½ and ½ mixture of cold water and white vinegar to kill bacteria and keep berries fresh longer
  2. Pour heavy whipping cream in mixer and mix on low at first
  3. Add in desired amount of sugar and vanilla bean
  4. Turn up speed on mixer to medium high until soft peaks are formed
    **Do not over mix or it will turn into butter
  5. Serve on a platter and garnish with fresh mint leaves

Does your family have any 4th of July traditions that you’d like to share? Post them below in the comments.
 

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