Monday, July 5, 2010

Fourth of July Celebrations

It was a long and eventful weekend, celebrated with friends family and community. Friday night our cousin Solomon (the dog) came to visit for two weeks.

We spent the evening with family petting chickens and goats, eating pizza and acquainting the two four legged relatives.

Saturday the 3rd, we woke up bright and early to make our way to the Independence Day Parade. Clarkston puts on a great Parade every year. With floats, military, firetrucks, tractors, marching bands, dancers and gymnasts, horse drawn carriages, antique cars and much more.

The parade starts out with a live performance of the National Anthem, and some years there is a seated, live brass band that plays patriotic music. The various floats pass out candy and balloons to the children.

After the parade there is an arts and crafts show at Clintonwood Park. There are many vendors, fair food and activities and games for the kids.

Later in the evening, Clintonwood puts on a fabulous fireworks display. We always watch the display from the Clarkston Community Church parking lot. The church provides free hot dogs, pizza, popcorn, bottled water, pop, chips and ice cream. They also pass out glow bracelets and balloons to the kids. They have bounce houses and face painting too. Before the fireworks start they have a live Christian band perform until dusk, and then they play soft patriotic music while the fireworks go. This event is a result of goodness, generosity and a great sense of community. Their motto is "Its all for Him."

Today we had our family and friends over for a bar-b-que. We made a small float for the kids to ride in out of split 2x4s and some flag material we had. We made glitter signs and tied flags everywhere we could. The kids thought it was great!

I hope all of you had a great 4th. The fun we had was a reflection of this great country, God Bless America!!

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