We decided to take this year off from hosting our annual Garrett Hill parade watching party. We just weren’t up to the work involved in party prep. Rolling out of bed late, I grabbed a quick shower and had my coffee on the front porch just as the parade began. Some friends joined us and we filled the neighborhood with bubbles from our Gazillion bubbles Hurricane machine (Sophie approved). Gazillion bubbles are truly the best, hands down.
Our neighborhood celebrated our 65th annual 4th of July parade and festivities. We have an honest to goodness parade that happens to pass directly in front of our house. Afterwards, the neighborhood park is abuzz with face painting, a dunk tank, a live show (magic in years past, a master juggler this year), bounce houses, a mini-train, spin art, hot dogs, pretzels, and drinks – all FREE!
I scooted Alexander over to our friend’s house as they were having their annual party that we are never able to attend due to hosting our own. Their back yard bumps up against the park and gives them front row access (or back row as it were) to the live show. Helena went off to the park with other neighborhood friends. Mark and I strolled down with Soph at our leisure.
Typically we still have guests at this time and miss out on the activities in the park. Typically it’s heat stroke hot, but due to some gentle rain before and after the parade and Hurricane Arthur it was perfect. We were able to hang out with friends at their party and help ourselves to their food, which was a fantastic treat! Although we missed our usual guests, this was great.
At most houses in our neighborhood, the sounds of parties and smell of BBQs filled the air. After a lazy afternoon sipping wine, napping, and watching the Walking Dead marathon, we headed out for our township’s fireworks. Again, we haven’t caught them in our 4 years of living here as we are all typically worn out by the party and heat and head to bed early. It’s only a 10 minute drive, the entry fee goes towards our high school scholarship fund, and we met up with our friends who had terrific seats on the soccer field. Grand!
None of the kids got scared and traffic home was a breeze. I love this community. This is home. I’d like to thank our military for continuing to protect our freedom which allows us to celebrate in this way. It is in their honor that I created this slideshow which I think captures a nice slice of what they work to protect. Happy Independence Day!
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