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July 3, 2013

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



In nearly 30 years of gatherings, is there anything the Scotts haven’t done yet?
“I’d like it if someone brought a guitar one year and we all kind of enjoyed a sing-along together, but other than that, I don’t think there’s anything we haven’t done for the Fourth that we would have wanted to,” LeAnn Scott said. “Just seeing everyone together is as special — more special, really — than the (fireworks) show itself.”
Weather has generally been favorable for the occasion, Chuck said, and more than once, four fighter jets would fly overhead just before the show was scheduled to begin.
“I’m thinking they were on their way to something in Tulsa, but I’d just put my hands up and say, ‘It’s all part of the show, folks,’” Chuck Scott said.  Serendipitous surprises aside, both Scotts agreed on their favorite part of the evening: Family.
“We say ‘family,’ but really, everyone who comes out here is practically family — our friends, my hunting buddies, people from our church and Sunday school class — if they’re not family by blood, they’re family by spirit, and seeing all of them together in one place at one time ...that’s a great thing, there’s nothing like it,” Chuck Scott said. “When we started out, it was strictly family, but now it’s maybe one-third actual family and two-thirds friends that we’ve sort of adopted into the family.
“Seeing everyone enjoying themselves and hearing the comments about how good the (fireworks) show was or how good a time they had, that’s really the most satisfying thing for me,” he said. 
Sadly, “Uncle B” passed away in 2011 — a loss for the family, but one which was acknowledged in that year’s fireworks show.

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