This summer Georgia has gotten more rain than ever before or at least as far as I can remember. This week has been more of the same: rain, rain and more rain. Thankfully, this did not stop my hometown’s 4th of July plans. Area towns cancelled their festivities but not where I live and I am so thankful they did not. Although, the parade was shorter, there were fewer people and hardly any booths it was still a 4th of July to remember.
When I woke the kiddos up yesterday morning, it was POURING rain. And that is not an exaggeration. But I promised the kids that if the parade wasn’t canceled we would go – rain or shine. We headed to my husbands Grandma’s house to wait for the 9:00am air-horn – the signal of the start of the parade. Amazing enough, the rain stopped minutes before the parade started. The parade was about half of what it usually is but still would have been worth standing in the rain watching. Here are some highlights:
Lydia watching the start of the parade.
Poor girls had to wear ponchos.
The local high school band.
Fire trucks galore!
After the parade, we headed to downtown to check out the craft area and listen to some good ole’ locals singing and playing the harmonica. On the way we discovered that someone had poured soap in the city fountain, creating a “foamy fountain.” The kids loved it!
After walking around downtown, we headed back to Grandma’s for some porch therapy. It was so nice sitting on the porch and not sweating to death, as is usual on the 4th of July. There was a nice cool breeze and when it started to rain again, it made it that much more relaxing. There was a HUGE puddle of water in the front yard and the kids had a great time wading around in it.
The view from Grandma’s porch.
The “small” puddle.
My attempt of getting a smile out of Ty.
Lydia driving her Daddy around.
Just a swingin’.
And last but certainly not least, the yummy BBQ that is sold every year on the 4th. It is the local tradition! The poor guys had to battle with the rain all night to get it finished in time. But it was well worth the wait. Thank you guys!
We ended the night with a firework display at my parents home. It was just what we needed to cap off our fun-filled rainy day!
I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July celebration. I love living in a small town and especially love that nothing can stop our traditions! I want to thank the men and women that allow us to celebrate our freedom every year. Because without them none of this would be possible! So thank you past, present and future soldiers.