Remember last year's 4th of July? Thankfully, this year was much better! We worked out our vacation this year to be the week of the 4th so that I wouldn't have to use as much time. With all my liver stuff, I'm running quite low in the vacation time area. But it worked out perfect because I L-O-V-E being in NY for the 4th of July. While there are many reasons that I would be reluctant to move back to a small town, the 3rd & 4th of July made me miss it very much.
On the 3rd of July there was a concert in the band shell in the town park. The Norwood Brass Firemen give a concert and it seems as if most of the town comes out with lawn chairs and blankets to socialize and listen to the music. I absolutely love listening to the Brass Firemen so when my sister suggested we go, I was all for it. She also promised ice cream, of which there was none (clearly, I've let that go).
|My sister is now convinced that Grant needs one.|
Fast forward to parade time. Here are some pictures. I took 178 (not kidding), that's how long it was. So these are really only a few and don't come close to doing it justice.
|Grant & Auntie Shauna ready for the parade|
|Shauna's handsome dog, Lennon, decked out in his 4th of July outfit|
|Motorcycles started the parade (a favorite of Grant's)|
|The Brass Firemen|
|There were lots of old firetrucks on display and Grant loved all the trucks.|
|This, to Grant, is a tractor and the biggest he's ever seen.|
He was shaking he was so excited.
|This year's parade theme was Disney|
|Cubby the Clown for President!|
|An amazing steel drum band|
|A band of bagpipers!|
|The last "float". A huge truck carrying old tractors...it's like|
they knew Grant would be there.
|And he didn't miss it.|
After that Grant, Husband, and Aunt Bonnie went back to Aunt Bonnie's house to rest while I went to my sister's to get ready for the cookout. The "party" started around 5:00 and that's kind of when I put my camera down. But here are a few pictures:
|Lennon (and Grant's doggy BFF - more on that in another post)|
|You could pretty much find Grant where ever the dogs were.|
|Auntie Shauna tried to show Grant how to roll down a hill|
but he didn't really want to try it.
Side Note: My Dad's favorite part of the 4th was always the parade. He'd go down well before the rest of us to save his favorite spot to watch from. When we got to the parade where my sister had saved us a spot (not my Dad's usual spot), she was rather creeped out to find the man sitting next to us looked almost just like my Dad.