Safeguarding Your Most Meaningful Independence Day and Summer Photos and Videos

Where will you safeguard and store your Independence Day and other summer photos and videos?

Remember marveling at the burst of reds, blues, oranges and other colors in the fireworks displays going off on the Independence Day? What are your favorite memories?

In Pasadena where I lived for many years, a major celebration takes place inside the Rose Bowl. We could see it along with fireworks explosions lighting up the skies from all over the San Gabriel Valley to over downtown Los Angeles.

I’m sure you’ve got your favorite fireworks shows.

It’s not just the size or scope of the fireworks displays, is it? It’s the people you’re with and how the season marks a turning point in the year that make the fireworks special.

Young girl in red and white hat with young mother.
Melody and her younger daughter in 2002

Where Do You Store Those Memories?

But how do you safeguard the photos and videos you’ve taken so they’re safe for the near future and for decades and decades to come?

That’s what I’d enjoy showing you.

The platform, or tool, I use is FOREVER®, the best solution for bringing all of our memories from decades past and years to come into one safe, secure place. It’s true permanent storage that’s guaranteed.

Tour FOREVER® with me.

Read through the key benefits below and then scroll to the end of this post and contact me.


Fireworks, the Independence Day, and Your Legacy

Independence Day is an important time to remember our nation’s freedom, to mark an important time in the calendar, and to reflect on summertime family memories. That’s the legacy you’ll leave for your family in the near future and the distant future.

Elderly man, young woman in middle, elderly woman
Melody’s youngest daughter with Melody’s father, left, and mother, right, in 2019

We all leave some sort of legacy, even the Chinese from centuries ago and the American colonists who fought for independence.

Fireworks History

The Chinese are given credit for first using fireworks. Popular legend says that during the second century bamboo thrown into fires created a bang because of air pockets that overheated. It was a few centuries later that a Chinese alchemist mixed potassium nitrate, sulfur, and charcoal.

Closer to the U.S., our second president John Adams wanted colonists to celebrate independence “with pomp, parade….bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other.”

Scroll to the end of this post for a link to the National Park Service and John Adams on The History of Independence Day.

According to Constitution, in 1870, almost a hundred years after the Declaration was written, Congress first declared July 4 to be a national holiday as part of a bill to officially recognize several holidays, including Christmas.


What About Your Family’s History?

Safeguarding your most meaningful moments from summer gatherings and events during the Independence Day is a way of leaving your legacy for future generations.

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On the FOREVER blog One Letter at a Time.

You can preserve those memories by placing items in a local museum like a woman from Alabama did.







She posted her story in the Question and Answer site Quora about donating her father’s belongings from World War Two to a local museum in Montgomery.

She answered the question that was titled, in part, What should happen to all my old family photos when I die?

“At the time they were looking for a footlocker and on a subsequent trip I took a foot locker complete with pin-up picture. In that footlocker was mother’s wedding dress which she made in 1948 and Dad’s dress uniform. My brother decided to keep the uniform. There were also albums of photographs from the 1940’s. I could not identify any of these people but the museum was thrilled to get this record of life in rural Alabama.”


Museums aren’t an answer for everyone. But you can create your own museum-like space online and store all your memories in one place.

Store everything in one place

1. Digitize all your older photos, videos, 8 mm home movies, slide shows and documents. I’ve known many who use FOREVER® to digitize all of their wedding photos and videos in addition to their parents’ home movies and more.

All the files are digitized in Green Bay, Wisconsin so they stay within the U.S.

2. Upload your newest photos and videos from your smartphone, laptop, and other electronic devices.

Store your files permanently.

FOREVER® is guaranteed to preserve your files for a lifetime, plus 100 years and beyond.

Unlike other photo and social media companies, permanent storage is built into the business model.

Own your space

You can own your account so you’re in control. You won’t be locked out and your files won’t be used for data mining or marketing like they are with social media sites and other memory storage companies.

You control who sees your files. Here’s how:

You upload your photos, videos and other files to your account to a location called your Library. It’s a holding place.

Then you can organize everything into Albums and Nested Albums.

Screenshot of digital photo album
My main album, Travel Memories, has sub-albums or nested albums

This is really fun to see on the tour.

There are even more benefits.

With FOREVER® you have space to write brief or detailed descriptions of your favorite photos, videos so future generations … like 100 years from now … will read and understand the context.

Use FOREVER® to turn your digital photos into printed photo books, research your family history using FOREVER®’s researchers and so much more.


Tour with Me—I’m Here to Help

My mission is to help you preserve your most meaningful memories for generations and generations to come. Build your legacy, your digital estate.

The tour

Adult daughter with her senior mother
Me and mom today


Give me 20 minutes and you’ll get blown away by what you’ll see on the tour.

Contact me via my website’s form or via my personal email:

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Try it free

Here’s an easy way to try FOREVER®: Click here to get 2 free GB of storage space so you can see what it’s like to upload photos, videos, and other files and create albums.

Enjoy learning online with new friends

Join us for free and fun online events to learn how to get the most enjoyment and use from your FOREVER® account like writing your family’s story.

We offer regular online classes to help you learn about FOREVER®, writing your family’s story, and more. You’ll get to ask questions and interact with others.


Dig deeper into independence day and those beautiful fireworks displays:

National Park Service History of Independence Day

History of Fireworks, American Pyrotechnic Association

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