Friday, July 1, 2016

Happy Fourth of July!

I am so excited to finally be able to go outdoors and do - well, do anything! I have a doctor's appointment on Tuesday and I want to discuss reducing the pain medication I am on for the nerve pain in my hip and leg to see if I can get a little more clear headed. I still have a healing rash, but it much better than a painful, blistering shingles rash! 
My small town hosts an epic Fourth of July parade that is several hours long. If you are from a small town, you will know the kind of parade I mean. The first 20 minutes or so includes the Flag Bearers, The Veterans and every sheriff, police, fire department, fire volunteer and military vehicles in the county.  We all stand, and the guys remove their hats, and the children salute. I get teary eyed every year. 
Every youth group marches with a float or a decorated pick up truck or rides their bikes in matching t-shirts. Every politician or political hopeful has their own marching group of friends, relatives, bikes and strollers and carry baskets of handouts. All the vacation bible schools have floats, too. Some hand out frozen icees and another church hands out bottles of water. 
All the local communities have summer festivals complete with Queens and Princesses and the county fairs even have a few Kings. We wave and smile back to all the royalty because we used to royal parents ourselves! 
It will be the first time out for many of the middle school and high school bands, who have lost their "veterans" to graduation and have been busy practicing with the new guys. 
Several of the local businesses participate in the parade, too.  Last year featured a giant sneaker with a live band from a local bar, as well as pizza places, a local beer distributor (no, they don't throw free beers, just coasters and coozies), really any and every business you can think of. 
My personal favorite would be a tie between the Little Leaguers and the fifth grade DARE graduates. Both groups are between 8-12 years old and are on bicycles. The brave souls who gather them, line them up and travel the parade route with them deserve a special prize!
The end of the parade features local business again, this time with vehicles, semi trucks, work trucks and even a septic tank company's vehicle, complete with sound effects! 
I used to invite everyone back to my house after the parade for lunch. Last year my son and his wife bought a house with a great backyard with a view of the evenings firework celebration, so we all went there.  This year he has to work so we are going to my daughter and son-in-law's new house which features a pool. Of course I can't go swimming with shingles and I am just getting back on my feet anyway. It will probably be an early day for my husband and me.  

Happy Fourth of July!

9 comments:

  1. So fun to see a post from you. How are all the babies doing?
    I am so sorry to hear that you are still suffering from those Shingles. We both got shots for that this year. The commercials alone scared me.
    Our little town celebrates for four days. Fireworks, parade, mini carnival, entertainment and all the class reunions. We used to spend every waking hour there. Our grams are so excited. But I can say we never had a septic truck, yuck. They had sound effects? Yuck.
    Have a fun time. I hope you get rid of those awful things.
    I think we need to plan a get together.
    Hugs

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  2. My, my, my what a lovely post. It sounds like your town is the perfect place to be on the 4th of July . . . so much old fashioned American pride. We could certainly use more. God Bless America!

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  3. I would love to be there cheering on that wonderful parade. So glad you are feeling better.

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  4. Hi: Your parade sounds like it is right out of a movie. I live in Los Angeles, nothing is ever that simple here. Love how it all sounds. I am so sorry about your shingles, my mother had them and they are awful. Happy 4th! Blessings to you, Martha

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  5. Oh I love small town parades like that. I bet that's fun to continue the tradition every year. Sorry that you've been suffering with the Shingles virus. I have had that before and it's no fun. I was actually quite young when I got it so I got over it more quickly. I just got a shingles vaccine last year so I hopefully won't get it again!

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  6. Hope you are feeling better and better! I am sorry you had to go thru this...

    My 4th was pretty grim! Only finally my son came and we made chicken! Otherwise, pure zero.

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  7. What an amazing home You have. Looks so pretty dressed up for the 4th.The old type of town parades bring a sense of tradition to My heart.Years ago right after the Country did away with personal fireworks, I felt a loss of tradition and memories.It took Me awhile to decide how to spend My 4ths.Picnicks at this age is all I do now. I've been wondering for Years now....Is that profile photo of You or a daughter? Nice visiting You,hope We can continue Our visits-Denise

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  8. What an amazing home You have. Looks so pretty dressed up for the 4th.The old type of town parades bring a sense of tradition to My heart.Years ago right after the Country did away with personal fireworks, I felt a loss of tradition and memories.It took Me awhile to decide how to spend My 4ths.Picnicks at this age is all I do now. I've been wondering for Years now....Is that profile photo of You or a daughter? Nice visiting You,hope We can continue Our visits-Denise

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  9. I would love to be there cheering on that wonderful parade. So glad you are feeling better. .. .

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