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Our Fourth of July

We spent our Fourth of July holiday pretty much the same as most other Americans — we watched a parade, shared a picnic with family and friends and watched a fireworks display.

Bob and I watched Warren’s annual Fourth of July parade. We arrived in downtown Warren around 10:15 AM and found a good spot to sit at the intersection of Hickory Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue. The parade started at 11:00 AM and was still going on at 1:40 PM, when we left for home.

The smell was divine when this BBQ float passed by!

Fireman

My first thought was how tiring it must be for this man to walk 2 miles. Then I realized it was a costume of a man made to look like he was carrying someone. What a GREAT costume!

The intersection of Hickory Street and Pennsylvania Avenue
provided a great vantage point for watching the parade.

Preston Scout House Alumni Band

I have a few Canadian friends who read my blog. I photographed the Preston Scout House Alumni Band for my Canadian friends. The band was EXCELLENT!
**Heather and Tom – I believe Cambridge is located very near to where you live.**
**Peggy – You were so correct when you wrote in your blog “we help the US celebrate the 4th of July!”**

The ever popular Zem Zem Hornets

“Bonehead”

A parade wouldn’t be complete without a clown. There were several clowns in this year’s parade.

The morning started out cloudy, breezy and cool. The clouds gave way to blue sky and bright, hot sunshine. We were in downtown Warren almost 4 hours, one hour before the parade and about 3 hours watching the parade. I put suntan lotion on my arms but didn’t think to put it on my face. OH Boy! Is my face (and lips!) ever sunburned and painful!

We spent a couple hours, after coming home from the parade, making final preparations for our Fourth of July picnic. We had a good turnout — 18 in all, counting Bob and me. Everyone seemed to have a good time. I know Bob and I enjoyed having everyone over to our house for a picnic.

Bob, grilling burgers

the food line

Later in the evening, after everyone had gone home, Bob went for a motorcycle ride. I was tired and felt a bit ill (too much sun?), so I stayed home. Bob ended up in Saybrook, near Sheffield, where he watched a fireworks display with his daughter, Stacey, and her boyfriend, Mike. Bob said the fireworks display, which was privately funded, was very good.

I hope that your Fourth of July was every bit as pleasant as ours.

3 Responses to “Our Fourth of July”

  1. Peggy

    Thank you Linda for sharing your 4th of July with us all! I enjoyed all the pictures and especially the one you took for us Canadians. We don't have a parade on Canada Day (not sure why – we have parades for all other things).. so it was nice to see. I have never seen a bbq float! That seems neat a treat for the nose as well as the eyes…I watched our 4th of July Symphony of Fire display last night, in honour of our southerly neighbours – and it was a great display featuring fireworks in the red, white and blue theme.Hope your sunburn isn't too bad.

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  2. Laurie and Chris

    It looks like you had a wonderful time except for the sunburn!! Ouch! We seem to do this every year. I am the one that gets sick it is a icky feeling. Love the pictures of the parade.

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  3. Jean

    Linda, Thanks for the parade photos. As close as I live I don't believe I've ever been to the Warren parade. It was a perfect day. Love the fireman picture. Clever! Jean

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