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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy Fourth of July, America.
















































Highway 101, also known as Oregon Street in the downtown area, was closed to traffic for about an hour today. Everybody who was in town came to sit and watch the smallest parade open to anyone and everyone: children rode bicycles and horses, adults manned fire trucks, and all entries were home-made and simple. My favorites: the contra-dancing couples dressed in western garb dancing the whole time; and the geese-chicken coop, animals parading with their pets.
Memorable.
Every float threw candy and stopped long enough to have little ones pose with Uncle Sam.
Visitors will shuttle their little ones to a bunch of activities in town including a jerry can race, a sand golf tournament, a dingy race, sidewalk chalk painting, horse-shoe tournament, a fish-fry, a hot dog/burger/all dessert eating competition, and an original play called Fool's Hill, a boyhood in old Port Orford.
If everyone is still awake at sundown, which happens late up here, they can sit on the beach, cuddled in a blanket, and watch the fireworks courtesy of the local fire-fighters.
Got to run now.
Sorry you can't be here.








42 comments:

Brian Miller said...

big smiles. love small town parades! hope you had a great 4th of July! Fireworks soon!

Beth said...

We are about to head to our small town parade. My step-dad will be driving one of those little cars.

Happy Independence Day!

Woman in a Window said...

I don't blame you one bit for being somewhere else. On the beach now?

Have fun!

Reya Mellicker said...

I think the Lincoln costume is pretty sweet, too. Firetrucks in parades are ALWAYS a good thing!

Great shot of the little kids running around in circles, too.

Home made parades are the best. Happy 4th, Rosaria!

Delwyn said...

Hi Rosaria

I hope you have enjoyed you national day...

Happy days

Rose Marie Raccioppi said...

Well you certainly brought a fun filled parade to my screen - a July 4th virtual delight - smiles and cheer.

Hit 40 said...

Fireworks by the fire department!!! NICE!!!

Great parade. I was smiling just looking at the pics.

Bogey said...

Happy 4th Rosaria. Glad to see you are enjoying the day. Have a great time watching the fireworks!

Rob-bear said...

Sounds wonderful. Sorry I wasn't there.

And what's a parade without a fire engine? Or firefighters without some fire(works).

Glad you enjoyed Independence Day.

Amelia said...

Happy 4th to you as well! Love the blue whale float. Cute! :)

♥ Braja said...

This is too shallow for me today....goin' over to Michel's to see if she can do better than lasagne....:))

Dave King said...

Sorry I wasn't there. Hope you hd a time as great as it looks.

Abe Lincoln said...

Some of your floats are amazing. I like the post. It says a lot about what the fourth is.

Lizzy Frizzfrock said...

Fun! I didn't brave the heat yesterday for the pet parade & other festivities in Bastrop, but Gertie & I did take a long walk early on the morning of the Fourth to look at the flags & other decorations in our town's historic area. It was very enjoyable & gave me enough for a blog for 2 days!
Happy Fourth to you!

Michel said...

OOH! I love Lincoln. MUCH better than clowns!

Angela Recada said...

It sounds wonderful! I love watching little children at a parade - it's magic.

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Polly said...

sounds like such fun! I love the way America celebrates 4th July, I wish Poland celebrated 11th November with this amount of vigour and joy

Gran said...

Sorry I wasn't there either! Looks like fun. I hope you all had a happy 4th.

willow said...

I enjoyed seeing the festivities in your neck of the woods!

Midlife Jobhunter said...

Sounds like Americana at its best to me. The parade is always my favorite part - especially small town parades. Oh, and the candy.

Happy 4th.

Nancy said...

There is something about hometown parades that are more fun than watching the big city ones, don't you think?

Debbie said...

I love a small town parade. They will run anything they can down a street and call it a float! Very American.

Amy said...

Ahhh...those pictures bring back memories! Hope you had a wonderful day. I'll bet you did.

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

Can you believe I have never been to a parade...thanks for visiting today.

Lori ann said...

Sounds like our hometown parade too, sometimes i think there are more people in it than watching. Fun!

sallymandy said...

Love that big ol' Abe Lincoln.

R, your town looks so much like mine. We're not that far apart, really.

I wanted also to let you know I listened to the clips of your daughter and son in law's music, and found it delightful and relaxing. She has a lovely voice. I wish them every success.

Kikit said...

To all Americans, belated Happy Independence Day!

Great shots Rosaria!

And take your time. :)

Renee said...

Rosaria you are so good to me. Can you feel the kisses I am sending on the wind to you. I hope you can; there are many, very many.

Will you see your lookalike granddaughter over the summer.

Love Renee xoxo

Tessa said...

What fun it looks! The only parades they seem to have in this country are protests - so it's lovely to see people celebrating life and patriotism.

vicki archer said...

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed the celebrations - it looks like great fun, xv.

Kim Kasch said...

Looks like a whale of a good time.

I love parades.

Carol @ TheWritersPorch said...

Small town parades are always delightful! All the children get so involved!

La Belette Rouge said...

I soooooooo miss the parade we had on the 4th in Lake Bluff. We lived on the parade root. It was a perfect excuse to have a party.
Thanks for sharing your parade with us!

Reasons to be Cheerful 1,2,3 said...

Looks like lots of fun. What summer is all about.

Zip n Tizzy said...

That's us too. It's fabulous isn't it?

Suburbia said...

That looks such fun, happy 4th, bit late, sorry!

♥ Braja said...

Ms Lakeviewer, helllloooo.....:) Am finally I'm able to comment after 3 wks of not being able to!

Actually now that I think of it, there are many who won't be happy about that....
:)

Man of Roma said...

It seems 4th of July is very much felt in America. I was wondering whether people out there still think of it as a freedom from British colonial bonds thing, or rather like a rallying national festival with no special implications any more.

lakeviewer said...

Hello everyone.

For those of you not in the States, our Fourth of July is a major celebration. No longer just a remembrance of the War of Independence against absent Kings, this holiday has come to mean much more. It is the time to have family reunions and neighborhood get-togethers.

In the pictures I took,right behind the floats, across the street from where I was with my family, my friend Joyce had her three sons and their wives, as well as children and friends who stopped by for the Fourth all sitting around enjoying the parade.

We had just returned from the Rotary's breakfast, which had served over 500 meals that morning in just a couple of hours and raised over three-thousand dollars for scholarships. After the parade, we all attended the Senior Center BBQ. Later, there were many activities around town for the entire family.
So, answering Man of Roma's questions, we have expanded the celebration to include everything that makes us happy: country, town, service, family.

Before the weekend was over, we visited with many relatives from California and Washington State. Our anniversary and a couple of birthdays fall in July as well. Nothing matches this holiday for fun and fellowship.

GutsyWriter said...

Funny how many towns have their own parades. My kids no longer participate, but enjoyed it when they were little.

Man of Roma said...

Thank you Rosaria. Now I much better understand what the 4th of July can mean to you people out there.

Ciao e buon week end!

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