My town is a sweet, small town in Northern New Jersey. Our town is only 1 3/4 miles by 1 mile.
One of our many small town traditions is the annual 4th of July Parade. It is a BIG deal. All the town comes out, and many guests of surrounding towns as well.
All of the town organizations participate and march, the police, volunteer fire department, volunteer EMS, politicians, library, schools, sports, churches, boy scouts, girl scouts, etc. just to name a few!
This year, only my mom and I were observers of the parade. Everyone else marched! I am so proud!
Here is the worlds biggest Boy Scout, my Hubby, decked out in full Assistant Leader uniform and carrying the flag!
Isn't he handsome! Poor Hubby had a bad head cold, but he totally sucked it up for the kids! And, it was sooooo hot and humid!
Here are my son's, Fuzzy on the left with black sneakers, and Hammer on the right in white. I am so proud of them both!
Especially, Hammer as he has never marched before! This is his first organization that he has joined since his Asperger's diagnosis! Wearing a uniform isn't easy for him with his skin sensitivities and neither is dealing with extreme heat, as kids on the Autism Spectrum have difficulty regulating their body temps, but he did fantastic! Hammer was just beaming, as you can see, the WHOLE time!
Last, but not least was Pumpkin Muffin! She had three options for marching. She could have marched with the school she just graduated from, with her dance school or with Girl Scouts! Pumpkin decided Girl Scouts was the one she wanted for the third year in a row! My dad marched with her again this year!
The parade ends at our town park and all the participants are treated to ice cream from our local market. My mom and I drove near the park as soon as the streets reopened and picked up the red-faced weary marchers and headed home to the air conditioning and some much needed rest!
Then, my Hubby, the kids and I headed out to our friend's house across town for a barbecue! My parents were invited but decided to stay in and avoid the heat!
The barbecue was really great! The kids swam and swam and we drank and ate great food! At the end of the evening everyone left except for our family, and we had some fireworks! The dad is in the National Guard and was able to procure some recently; they are illegal in NJ, but the police in our town don't usually bother anyone unless kids have them or they are done after 10pm. We lit them at 9pm and were done by 9:15pm.
These were very pretty and not loud, and all the kids oooohed and aaaahhhed, and truthfully, so did us grown ups!
Afterward, we headed home and the kids went to bed with us following shortly after!