I grew up in a family where holidays are a big deal, especially the 4th of July. We had a small farm in the Texas Hill Country when I was young, and my dad would put on some serious firework shows. I’m not saying my dad got carried away, but there wasn’t a rocket big enough for his displays.
My whole family would go out into a large empty pasture, each of us armed with flashlights. I remember the way the beams bobbed up and down as we walked. We lugged along a big cassette-tape boom-box (do you remember those?) loaded up with a mix tape of patriotic music to set the mood.
It’s funny, as a kid to me my dad always seemed bigger than life and invincible, but I remember seeing him tear up while the patriotic music played and he lit the sky on fire with brilliant displays of color. We lost my dad a while back, and it’s always at the holidays his absence is most keenly felt.
I’m honored this post was sponsored by Rayovac, but it’s also for my dad. In the U.S. military he flew jets off nuclear carriers; he was an international business man who took us, his family, around the world with him, and he was a Texas rancher. Most of all, though, he was my dad.
Tonight my wife, 3 year old daughter and I will head out with our flashlights, a picnic dinner, a patriotic playlist on my iPhone, and a portable speaker system (replacing our old cassette boom-box) to find a great place to watch fireworks. And I know my dad will be there, too… smiling.
It would just seem wrong if the batteries powering our fun on Independence Day weren’t made in America. I choose Rayovac Alkaline batteries on the 4th of July and every day, not just because they last as long as the other guys for less money (they do), but also because they are made in the U.S.A.!
On that note, I want to tell you about Rayovac’s Independence Day Sale:
Rayovac wants to help celebrate the Fourth of July by giving you their best savings on products made right here in America. Through July 8, save $10 on their alkaline battery bundle! Simply use promo code: INDEPENDENCE at checkout, plus free shipping on orders over $25.
Whether you are powering toys, games, flashlights, or the things that keep your family safe like smoke alarms, Rayovac Alkaline batteries power the devices that you use each and every day. From Rayovac, and from my family to yours, we wish you a very safe and happy 4th of July!
What’s your favorite Independence Day tradition or memory?
Visit Rayovac’s website to learn more about and purchase their Made in America alkaline batteries. Please note: I was provided Rayovac alkaline batteries to review and compensation for my time, but the opinions provided are solely my own. You know me. If I don’t love something I won’t write about it.