Our Independence day celebrations mirrored perhaps millions of Americans in small towns across our country, and that is just how I like it. A small town parade, complete with decorated bicycles, fire engines from the local company, a few politicians just to make you glad to get to the classic cars, high school marching band, and the local 4-H walking their sheep down the parade route! Add in the Raven's and Oriole's mascots, a chinese lion, a martial arts demo, and some square dancers, and there you have it.
Head for home, just in time for "A Capitol Fourth" on PBS. The kids aren't really old enough to make it through fireworks at any of our local venues, as they surely would have meltdown long before the traffic jam at the end let up. So even though I feel like fireworks on television are a little (ok, a lot) lame, thats what we did. Still, the evening ended on a wonderful note, with the kids running around with sparklers in the cul-de-sac. That just about wrapped it up for me: pure joy.