Independence Day is my second favorite holiday. (Thanksgiving snags the numero uno spot because FOOD) Everyone asks why it’s my favorite before Christmas and it’s because of the memories that come with it.

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Every year, my family takes a trip to Portland, Oregon for a few days around July 4th. The morning of, we pick berries (to make berry crisp for dessert) and then we spend the day gluing fireworks to a wooden board and connecting them to one another with a sparkler. It’s a competition between the girls and the dads to see who’s board can stay lit the longest (this is more difficult than you can imagine). The dads hold the longest record with 43.63 minutes (heck yes we timed it, we do it every year)!

Picking out fireworks at the local stand is always a blast, but when you get four girls together, it’s hard to make a decision that makes everyone happy! Which is how the whole “firework board” idea came about. There is so much variety when it comes to fireworks, they come in all shapes and sizes.IMG_5361

For today’s PLB treat, we’ll be making our very own version of fireworks (ones that are edible of course)! These peanut butter banana sandwiches will be dipped and decorated to the size that suits you!

I’m thinking my cousins and I should create a new tradition- make these peanut butter banana sandwiches and while they’re freezing, assemble our firework board, then head back to the kitchen and reward ourselves for our hard work with the frozen sandwich bites!

What traditions do you have when it comes to the 4th of July? Any fun memories? Let me know in the comment section below!

And if you haven’t already, be sure to follow Pretty Little Bakers on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram! And if you make these frozen firework peanut butter banana sandwiches, send them to me so I can repost/retweet your pics!

If there’s any other dessert you’d like to see featured on PLB, let me know! I’ll try to make it happen!

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