Our 4th of July was small and simple and fun and wonderful. We never left town or so much as stepped into a vehicle.
Things I like about a Mid-west, small-town July 4th celebration:
- We have an old brick building up on Main Street where we have our get-together. You never know who will stop by to say hello. People you know are out and about and everywhere.
- Everyone who drives by waves.
- People come down Main Street on 4 wheelers.
- The grocery store, liquor store and American Legion fireworks stand are all open and within half a block. Everything you need within walking distance!
- It's legal to set off fireworks here.
- The pace is slow and the whole day can slip by with you just living it.
- At night, there are enough big fireworks displays just outside of town in the country (or even in town!) that you don't have to go to any "official" one.
- The weather is as surprising as an unexpected firework. Last year it was 100+ with no wind. We sweltered. This year it was cloudy-ish, breezy and a high in maybe the high-80s. It was perfect.
|American flags all down Main Street.|
|A "pet" frog in the neighbor's yard. These little guys are everywhere!|
|Pretty June bug we saw on the way to water the garden.|
|"Are you taking my picture? Okay, Photo Lady." On the way to the garden.|
|Can't wait to eat this guy!|
|Okra and carrots are happy. Got everyone watered before the party.|
|The local Legion sells fireworks in town all day.|
|Off to the park with Uncle Dave.|
|First mulberry pie of the season. Took 4-1/2 cups. Time to go collecting again!|
|All day fireworks makes for a happy, happy boy.|
|We cleaned up after ourselves :)|
|I love this. Brady made a "sparkler experiment" by crisscrossing them on concrete and watching them light each other.|