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July 3, 2013

Rural Claremore family’s July 4th traditions include fireworks, food


In the 1980s, Chuck Scott was still a relatively new face to Rogers County. 
Even so, it didn’t take him long to establish what would soon become a Fourth of July family tradition.
“We’d moved (to Oklahoma) from Illinois in 1983, where we couldn’t shoot off fireworks,” Scott recalled. “The boys, who were 10 and 8 at the time, wanted to shoot off our own, and this was before you could get a permit to shoot fireworks off in town.
“By 1985, we moved out to the country, where shooting off your own (fireworks) was allowed, so we decided to buy our first batch of fireworks to set off ourselves — those, we bought from my uncle, I.B. Dane, or ‘Uncle B’, who was ruining a firework stand at the time,” he continued. “We picked up about $40 worth of fireworks that year, I think. Not a lot, really, but the boys loved it.”
Fireworks bought, Scott and his wife, LeAnn, boys, Doug and Chuck Jr., and of course, Uncle B, could scarcely wait until nightfall that Fourth of July in 1985, for their first taste of setting off their very own bounty of fireworks. Although that first modest fireworks show quickly came and went, it lit a fuse at the Scott household that’s been burning ever since.
“It was the first time we’d ever done anything like that as a family — it was really a big deal,” LeAnn Scott said, “and as the years passed, it became an even bigger deal.”
Much bigger.
In the following years, the Scotts continued to purchase and set off their own fireworks, adding a few more every year.  As time passed, the Scotts began to invite other family members and friends to their home for the Fourth, for dinner, and to be a part of what was now their annual celebration.

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