Independence Day

parade marshall and honoree

parade marshall and honoree

Record-breaking temperatures didn’t deter people from lining up on both sides of main street to celebrate and watch a local Fourth of July Parade. The town was festive, filled with the Independence Day spirit.

The streets were lined with American flags, houses decorated with flags and in red, white and blue colors and banners.  This is one of those holiday’s when you can go bold like this man did colorfully showing off patriotic pride.

decorated with flags and ready to celebrate

decorated with flags and ready to celebrate

I stood by a giant inflated American eagle for shade.  It got crowed by the eagle’s talons, so I moved on to a better spot to watch the action.

American eagle

American eagle

A returning soldier in dress uniforms led off the parade, riding in a  sizzling red sports car.  People cheered and clapped as he rode by and the band marched on.  I felt that sense of community and patriotism with everyone else who was there to celebrate the holiday.  It’s at local parades where you can meet up with people you haven’t seen in a while and catch up.  The town gussies up for the event and volunteers pitch in to make it happen.

children march to the music

children march to the music

volunteers carry a giant flag in the parade

volunteers carry a giant flag in the parade

People in the parade and seeing it from the sidelines were decorated for Fourth of July too. Some of the parade goers were more decorated the people marching in the parade. They had the colors on, faces painted, stars in the hair and flags in their hands.

trio smiling girls from the Neon Nuts float

trio smiling girls from the Neon Nuts float

I felt a little understated next to others on my side of the street with no face paint, flag hat or stilts.  I munched on a snow cone to cool off as the parade marched by.  The snow cones and popsicles were a tasty necessity to beat the heat while watching the parade.

Later that night after an application of bug spray it was on to the fireworks display in the park.  It was a happy Fourth of July celebration.  I felt the spirit.  I hope other Americans had a Happy Independence Day.

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