Independence Day 2015

This past Saturday our little city joined with the rest of the country in celebrating our nation’s 239th birthday. The city square was decorated in red, white and blue, and the streets were closed to automobile traffic so citizens could play and celebrate in safety. Like every outdoor event, however, the weather could not be planned. Mother Nature threatened to ruin our festivities with torrents of rain. Around lunchtime, she finally relented and our day of celebration began. Before long, the historic downtown square was filled with residents, young and old…

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…and even a few furry ones. And our furry residents can attest to the fact that the dog days of summer have truly begun. They trotted around the park, tongues hanging out and panting, eagerly awaiting affection from everyone they met.

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Except for maybe this little lady. She was a bit frightened of all the strangers, but her daddy held her close and introduced her to a few of the girls.

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The celebration officially began with a golf cart parade. Some of our residents entered their patriotic carts in the parade and circled the downtown square showing off their creations, waving at the crowds, and throwing candy out for the kids.

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After the parade, the day was filled with all sorts of festivities. There was…
…dancing

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…a couple of princesses wandering about

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…ice cream

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…snow cones

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…a spider jump

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…a water slide

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…a petting zoo

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…balloons

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…and much, much more!
Fun was to be had by all. Everywhere you went you were surrounded by happy smiling faces

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And there was never a reason to fear with our faithful police officers and explorers out there keeping us safe….

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…and maybe taking a break to color a bit too. 🙂

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To beat the heat many of the townsfolk took a little run through the water. Our local firehouse was kind enough to put a regulator on the corner hydrant and let us play in the water every hour on the hour for a few minutes.

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The utility department brought out the big bucket truck and let people take rides to get a sky view of the town square. I took a little trip up and got a few bird’s eye shots of the festivities.

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I also took a few sky view shots of some city landmarks as well.

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And I was accompanied by this fine gentlemen who drove the bucket and made sure I didn’t fall out. I hope I didn’t scare him too much leaning over the side to get my photos.

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There were so many wonderful people out celebrating, and I just love getting candid shots of all the beautiful people.

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Uncle Sam was even there to say hello.

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And of course, we ended our wonderful birthday celebration with a fireworks extravaganza!

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I am so glad I have the privilege of calling this wonderful little city home.

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