When I was a kid my family had a great annual tradition for the Fourth of July. Aunts, uncles, cousins and family friends would all rent campsites at Myles Standish State forest, usually at Fearing Pond. Some came in campers and some in tents but everyone shared and helped each other out. It was a wonderful way to get the family together.

We tried to get adjoining sites so that a big pit could be dug in the center one. Once the hole was dug and lined with many rocks, a wood fire was lit on top of the rocks.

Fresh seaweed, corn on the cob, clams, lobsters, sausages and potatoes were thrown into the pit and then the kids got to throw more seaweed in on top of it all. We usually ended up covered with seaweed because throwing it at each other was just as much fun as throwing it into the pit.

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What are your favorite memories from the 4th of July?