Probably like most of you our town didn't have a 4th of July parade last year. Earlier this year they said they would cancel it for this summer too, so we were so excited when a couple of months ago they announced it was on again!
Saturday night we took our chairs down to stake out our spots on the parade route. Do you do that too? Chuck picked an area under some trees so we wouldn't be in the heat and then we sat in them until 6:00. The rule is - if you leave chairs out before 6pm the city will remove them and you have to pick them up another day. So most people begin setting them up around 5:00 and then we all sit around and talk for an hour. We parked and sat in our car until about 5:30, then set up our chairs. By 6:00 the streets are completely lined with hundreds of chairs! We love a parade! 😊
Our church only held one service and we headed down right after that. It was so good to see it again! There was one truck (like an F150) with a young family sitting in the back with a large magnetic sign that read, "No agenda. The kids just wanted to be in a parade." Now that's a small town parade!
There were classic cars, horses, drill teams...
Beth's favorite was of course the Star Wars characters. Although in one picture she's yelling at them, "You're my sisers favorite!!" (Because they were Diana's favorite... when she was 8.) 😊 But you can tell by the smile on her face that she loves them!
Sunday night we decided to go watch the fireworks, something we haven't done in years. Chairs, blankets, jackets, and we headed to the roof of the library. There's a great view of the fireworks and you beat some of the traffic out of town.
Our little town by the water ~
We got there at 8:00. Fireworks started at 10:00. There were about 200-300 of us up on that roof and I was so excited to see them live this year! Then 10:00 came and went. Then 10:15. We figured they were singing the National Anthem, maybe the mayor was thanking all the people who made the day happen... the fireworks happen down at the ball field and we don't hear anything up on the roof. We'd been talking about how long we were willing to stay since Chuck had to get up to go to work the next morning. Finally about 10:40 we left. As we're pulling out of the library parking lot, the fireworks started. The streets were packed with cars, large groups of people out on the sidewalks watching them, there was no place for us to pull over. So disappointed!
I do have today off though and am thankful we got to see the parade.
What did you do over the weekend?
Do you usually go to a parade? Watch fireworks?