Fall Traditions to Start This Year

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Summer is often filled with pool time, beach vacations, and cookouts. But what about fall? As the cooler season approaches, consider starting some new fall traditions that you and your family can look forward to every year.

Camping

Car camping is a great way to spend quality time with the family. When you spend a few days out in nature, you’re forced to take a break from phones, computers, and televisions. Many of the vehicles at Lewis Nissan are perfect for camping, or even towing your own camper; so pack up your tent, your snacks, and your favorite ghost stories and enjoy a few nights under the stars.

Apple Picking

If summer is for picking berries, fall is perfect for picking apples. Find a local orchard and spend an afternoon collecting crisp apples. Then, take the evening to bake a pie together, or have apple French toast for breakfast.

Pumpkin Carving

This is a classic fall tradition that everyone can enjoy. Stores offer plenty of carving kits this time of year that makes it easy to create a masterpiece.

Bonfires

If you live in a place where it’s possible, a bonfire is another great way to pull the family away from the normal routine and enjoy the crisp weather. Cook dinner over the fire, sip on hot chocolate, roast some marshmallows, and enjoy some intimate conversation together.

If you’re itching to drive out a bit to do any of these, drive safely and be sure to check out which Nissan vehicles are best for your family with our team!

Things to Do For 4th of July in Charleston, West Virginia

Celebrate 4th of July in CharlestonIndependence Day is all about coming together to celebrate America with family, friends, and of course, fireworks! Here are some ways you can celebrate 4th of July in Charleston this year.

Charleston July 4th Firework Celebration at Riverfront Park

This event is the biggest in the area and is sure to deliver some of the best fireworks. It happens every year at Haddad Riverfront Park. The event starts at 3pm on July 4th and isn’t just about fireworks. There’s musical guests, activities for children, crafts, and food trucks.

Live on the Levee                      

Live on the Levee happens every Friday night from May 26th to September 1st, 2017. So the weekend of July 4th is the perfect time to head down and check this concert out. Every week, there are new musical guests. On July 1st, the music starts at 6:30 and the headliner at 7:30. Plus, it’s free of charge!

West Virginia Power vs. Hickory Crawdads

Celebrate the 4th by attending something very American – a baseball game! The minor league team, the West Virginia Power, faces off against the Hickory Crawdads on July 3rd. It’s the perfect activity for the family the night before Independence Day.

Now get out there, soak up the sun, and wave that flag, like we will be at Lewis Nissan.

Thanksgiving Travel Tips

Thanksgiving Travel TipsThanksgiving is a great time of year to visit far-flung family. However, travelling to see them during the holiday rush can be a big hassle. AAA estimates that nearly half of all Americans will travel more than 50 miles from home for Thanksgiving. Here are a few Thanksgiving travel tips to help you along the way.

  • Stay positive. Whether you’re flying or driving, keep in mind that everyone else is going somewhere, too. Be courteous, be patient, and stay positive.
  • Stay charged. Make sure all your devices are fully charged when you hit the road. Bring along portable chargers for when you don’t have access to an outlet.
  • Pack lightly. Overpacking can cause big problems, especially if you’re flying. If you pack light enough you can avoid checked baggage fees.
  • Bring food. You want to stay energized for your trip. Pack high-energy, healthy snacks and you won’t have to overpay for overpriced junk food along the way.
  • Leave early. If you’re driving, avoid leaving during rush hour. Try to leave early in the morning or later in the evening to skip out on most of the traffic.
  • Use travel apps. There are numerous apps that can help save time, money, and stress, whether you’re flying or driving. Apps like GasBuddy, Waze, and others will come in handy.

What are your tips for travelling during Thanksgiving?

History of Presidents’ Day

History of Presidents' DayWe all know that Monday, February 16th was Presidents’ Day and that means that many of us got a day off from work or school. But do you know the history of Presidents’ Day or what it was originally intended to celebrate?

The first official Presidents’ Day was established in 1885. Back then, it was always on February 22nd and was in recognition of President George Washington’s birthday. It was also simply known as Washington’s Birthday.

It wasn’t until 1971 with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act that the holiday started to transition towards being called “Presidents’ Day.” The Monday Holiday Act was intended to give our nation’s workers more three-day weekends and also included the holidays of Columbus Day, Memorial Day, and Veterans Day.

With the transition, many people started to recognize the holiday as a day to celebrate all presidents, but it still mainly focused on Washington and Lincoln, whose birthday falls on February 12th.

By the mid­-1980s, most people recognized the third Monday in February as Presidents’ Day as opposed to Washington’s Birthday. This was in large part due to many marketing campaigns that advertised “Presidents’ Day” sales over the long weekend. Just think about how many mattress commercials you’ve seen with this exact advertising.

What did you do to celebrate this Presidents’ Day?