Wednesday, July 4, 2012

A Parade in Small Town USA!

Small towns are the heart of America...
Having made no holiday plans, George and I decided to go for a drive and see where the wind would take us.  We drove through Spanish Fork Canyon to the junction with old Highway 89 and followed that road to a small town called Mt. Pleasant.  We got there just in time for the 4th of July Parade.  What serendipity!  We found a place on the curb under an old tree and waited...and waited...and waited!  Small town events move at their own pace. 

While we waited, we endulged in our favorite hobby of people watching...especially the children.  Many of them had decorated their bikes and wagons with red, white and blue streamers and showed them off in a little parade of their own.


The hot day could not wilt the "Spirit of '76."


The Flag and the Men who fought for it!

Once the Flag and the Veterans had passed by...to proper salutes and respect...the fun could begin!  I wondered why each child had two shopping bags...I soon found out why.  Small town parades are candy throwing parades!  These kids knew what they were in for.  Every float, firetruck, and clown on a four-wheeler had treats to toss.  Since it was a hot day...a lot of them threw Otter Pops at the crowd.  The high school had tee-shirt cannons and kept shooting shirts into the trees. LOL!  A rowdy group of Japanese students took turns hopping on the floats of the local beauty queens trying to steal a kiss (and be photographed doing so).

This patriotic little miss was my favorite part of the parade.
She shared her candy and danced to the marching band...so cute!

I  only took a few photos, but I just wanted to share my accidental Fourth of July celebration with you.  I hope yours was amazing!

God Bless the U.S.A!

I love you, America!







10 comments:

vintage grey said...

Love the small towns!! How wonderful to be apart of this small towns 4th of July celebrations!! Wishing you a wonderful evening!! xo Heather

chris mckinley said...

What fun!! And to think you stumbled across such a fun event!

chris

Anonymous said...

Shirley, I love reading your blogs! Keep up the good work.-Kris

Tammy's in Love said...

I had to skip the parade yesterday for the first time ever! It was 101 with 74% dewpoint. We went to the Lima Company Memorial traveling painting display. If it comes your way, you will be touched beyond belief. They have web and FaceBook pages to check it out.

I wore my 1776 necklace! Thank you again!

My Vintage Mending said...

We opted in for a movie as it was unbearable outside. You had all the fun. I remember my kids decking out their bikes and loving the fourth just like this. Smiles..Renee

Erica of Golden Egg Vintage said...

Yes, that "Little Miss" is darling in her hat! Such sweet small town USA fun! I stayed indoors and watched the Macy's NYC fireworks on TV. They were very neat!
Have a great day Shirley!
Erica

Chenille Cottage said...

Deaest Shirley,
What a delightful day you and your hubby shared! I absolutely love your storytelling style of writing! Each one of your photos are so filled with nostalgic goodness!
I'm so glad you included me in your surprise 4th of July adventure!
Affectionately,
Carolynn xo

Pollyanna said...

Amazing pics, what a charming adventure!! And I ADORE your new header!! you are SOOOO talented!!

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