A Pandemic Fourth Up North
 
         It’s hard to believe this week marks my third here at the CSA this summer, though of course every year June and July manage to fly by. On Saturday we celebrated the Fourth of July. In the week leading up to it my family and I brainstormed what we should do in lieu of the parade and fireworks. The Fourth has always been my favorite holiday because I get to spend it in Michigan with all of my summer friends who I adore so much.  
        When I first heard the news back in May that Frankfort decided to cancel all Fourth of July events, I knew that it was the responsible thing to do, but couldn’t help feeling sad about all of the fun traditions that we were going to have to sacrifice this year. However, Saturday proved to me that it is possible to socially distance while still celebrating holidays.
         The morning started off with the boat parade on Crystal Lake that showcased old wooden boats. My family was able to walk down to the CSA beach and watch the parade, without having to park our car and navigate crowds. At night, after eating barbecue outside with family and friends, we went down to the CSA Crystal beach and saw a spectacular fireworks show over the lake that was done privately for the whole lake to view.​
         These two events not only gave me a Fourth to remember but it reminded me of the great community we have on Crystal Lake and Benzie county. Although our original Fourth of July traditions weren’t able to happen this year, people used their time, creativity and money to make socially distanced- friendly events for everyone to enjoy. Because of this, I will look back at the pandemic Fourth with fond memories. However, I also look forward to resuming the traditional parade and downtown fireworks show in years to come.