I'm the one who hosts the family gatherings. I don't know if it's because of the size of my house, the fact that I cook, or simply because I'm gullible, but now it's assumed that everyone comes to my house on the 4th of July. (I also blow up a lot of fireworks, so that may have a bit to do with it as well.)
Regardless, I went bigtime with the food this year. A test cook to try out my rub, and four days of preparation and planning resulted in some pretty spectacular barbecue, all thoroughly documented with photos and audio.