Fourth of July Celebration

I hope you had a nice Fourth of July holiday!

My town goes all out for the holiday.  It’s been a huge celebration with parade for over 100 years!  It includes a run, parade, festival (booths, venders & beer garden), concerts and fireworks.  My plan was to do the run, parade, festival and fireworks.  I made it to 3 of the 4.  Let’s just say I was having tummy issues and decided the run was probably not the best idea for me this year.

So here is my holiday in pictures and a couple of videos!

As I was getting ready for the day, I could hear a lot of traffic outside.  And then I heard music!  A band was obviously assembling close-by.  Then I walked outside to find this!  A band lining up for the parade right in front of my house.  Sweet!  Let the fun begin!

In my rush to get downtown, I walked off and forgotten my coffee.  Luckily, my friends had set up their viewing area right in front of Starbucks!  Yes!  The line was long but worth it.  And by the time I got my iced coffee drink and was heading back out the door, the line was twice this long.  Yikes!

And now the parade, in no particular order.

Dancing macaroni band!

Dancing high school football players.  Not sure why, but okay.

Dancing doctors and nurses from a local clinic.  I wish I had recorded more of their routine!

A volunteer group that works at the animal shelter had some cute pet costumes!

And a bag pipe band, of course!

This group is a non-profit that works to rehabilitate injured wild animals.

I loved this rider’s gigantic cowboy hat!

And I really like this guy’s fun, shiny bike!

And what did I find at the end of the parade?  The grand finale?!  The band that was warming up in front of my house!  (Incident on the right side of the screen 8-19 seconds in may not be the best thing to be doing at a family parade…)

The parade was awesome!  It went on for two hours and over 20,000 spectators.  That’s about equal to the entire population of my town!  I was sad my girls had to miss it.  Sassy would have been in it for sure with either her softball team or her gymnastics group.

After the parade, I met up with a couple other friends for lunch and to check out the booths.  We grabbed sub sandwiches from one of our favorite local restaurants and then found an empty picnic table in the shade next to the creek.  Perfect!

The booths area was crowded and I didn’t get a good picture.  Maybe next year!

After walking around, we needed dessert.  Froyo was the answer!  Isn’t it always?  Check out that guy’s red, white and blue lei and balloon hat!  So festive!

The night ended with a walk to a local park to watch the 15-minute fireworks show.  My camera and me suck so no photos of that to show you.  But they were lovely!  The best part is listening to the oh’s and ah’s from the crowd.  I can actually see the fireworks from my house but it’s so much more fun to be a part of the celebration, don’t you think?

How did you celebrate the holiday?

Do you like parades?

Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is a pretty big deal here.  The downtown celebration is over 100 years old!  It starts the day before the holiday with people marking their viewing spots along the parade route.  They put out their chairs and blankets.  Some even go as far as marking with duct tape.  It’s crazy!

The celebration starts early on the Fourth with a run, followed by the parade and then activities, food  and entertainment in the park downtown.  Later that night is more entertainment and a spectacular fireworks display.

OMG Becky and Sassy were in the parade.  They were very excited to do this since it was their first holiday here.  Barbarian’s sister was dancing in the parade with her belly dancing troupe.  They invited their children to pass out candy and flyers along the route as they danced. 

This photo is right before the parade started. Look at that crowd!
Barbarian and I lucked out and found a nice shady spot to watch from.
Here comes Sassy! See the little tutu she’s wearing? We made it. So cute! Okay, so she looks a little more like the Material Girl than a Belly Dancer. But she’s still adorable! 
And that hand in the middle of the photo? That would be Barbarian waving to her.
And there are the belly dancers!  Their parade entry received first place in their division!
After the parade we found some entertainment and lunch.
This band from Texas was great!  I can’t remember their name…
Anyone that knows me, knows I am a self-proclaimed, people watcher.  One of my favorite things about living here is the awesome variety of people.  If you didn’t know better, you might think you were watching a music video being filmed!
These gals were one of our favorite sites that day.  These living statues would hold their position until someone tipped them.  Then they would reposition themselves.  This went on for hours!  Do you think that metallic paint on their skins is healthy or, at the very least, extremely hard to remove?!
Barbarian and I watched the fireworks from our deck.  They were beautiful! 
Can’t wait for the next holiday here!