Dave, I love the post taking us all back to our youths. Our spot was an amusement park called Camden Park in Huntington WV across the river. We'd head to the park, spend the day on rides and then head to Dairy Queen for 4th of July banana splits. They changed them for the holiday with red white and blue toppings.
Then back to the park where they had a roller rink. We'd skate until dark and then head out for the fireworks. Have a great and safe celebration!