Eric Church’s Fourth of July Memories

Water Tailgating on a Pontoon

Lakes plus pontoons — plus the Fourth of July — equals what Eric Church calls “water tailgating.”

Even though he didn’t grow up on a lake, he says that for him, the Fourth of July always meant going to the lake.

“I had a buddy who had a pontoon,” Church said in a recent radio interview, “and we would always get on the pontoon and you go out, and you’d tie all the pontoons together and just have a big time. Basically, water tailgating is what it was.”

Then he explains the different kinds of fun the kids and the adults had on those lake days and nights.

“I was younger then, and the adults were having more fun than we were,” he said, adding that for the kids it was just all about the swimming and the fireworks.

“And then as we got older, same thing,” Church said, “but we had our own boat and we had as much fun as the adults.”

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