A Festive Fourth

I love the Fourth of July, don’t you? Summer weather is finally here and the choices for a festive fourth are many. How do you celebrate Independence Day? Here on the shorelines of America’s Home Town, many people gather along Main Street to watch the annual parade. I confess, we’ve only done it once in our ten years here but it’s not because we aren’t celebrating our hard earned freedom elsewhere. We’ll be at the beach taking part in our own tried and true tradition’s. Come with me for a Festive FOURTH New England style!

My sweet Aunt Laura recently came for a visit from Reno over the Fouth of July. It gave us the reason we needed to stay ( off beach ) and take in the annual Home Town parade!

Here we are together downtown. We met up with some good friends on the streets and saw a few in the parade as well!

This is our friend Susan promoting the Boy Scouts of America. She’s also our sons former Den Leader. She loves a good friendly crowd! What would this country be without all the selfless people who devote so much of their free time to the growth and development of the children of our country?

Here’s our friend Tim ( and community member Scout leader of our son’s Scout troop ) tossing candy to the crowd… Too bad he’s not having any fun out there!

No Home Town parade would be complete without Military presence and at least one politician. Senator John Kerry reaching for my Aunts hand.

And horses of course!

It was great to experience an old fashioned home town parade with my Aunt. We all went home for a nap, then later that evening we returned to the waterfront to watch the fireworks over Historic Plymouth Harbor.

Now let’s head to the beach for another kind of 4th of July celebration! Uncle Sam makes a special appearance every year for the annual parade on the beach.

Those of us who participate get up early to decorate our vehicles and ourselves! Then we drive down to the beach and get in line for the parade!

My hubby driving in the parade while I walked and took photos.

Some residents really go all out and create floats like the pirate themed one above. I love how the red, white and blue pops against the muted tones of sand and sky.

The kids look forward to the parade each year. This candy grubbing trio are in line to catch the candy residents toss from their floats and SUV’s as they cruise the beach in true Fourth of July fashion!

My handsome Yankee beach bum was feeling especially FESTIVE wearing our daughter’s patriotic crown. He thought he was King of the beach that day!

After the festivities are over, it’s time to relax, enjoy the day and reflect on why our Independence means so much to each and every one of us!

I hope you enjoyed your Festive Fourth experience all the way from America’s Home Town!

What tradition’s do you and your family share on the fourth? I’d love to hear about it!

Have a SAFE and Festive Fourth my farmgirl friends!

God Bless the good old US of A!

Until our next shoreline visit~

Beach Blessings!
Love,
Deb

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  1. kary gonyer says:

    well, i am out here in california….but just yesterday i told my husband….we are having a NEW ENGLAND 4th of July…complete with a clambake….

    i loved seeing all this..

    happy 4th of July

    kary

  2. Joan says:

    This is one of the hardest Holidays for me – just remembering what all it cost and still does cost us to be FREE – I thank God for it and then I also thank Him for the rest of the celebration – it is my sons birthday – oh what a pleasure to have 2 most important reasons to CELEBRATE – I live in a huge military town – so we have PRIDE to enjoy. Thanks for your celebrating fun – ahhhh Penn. and the beach.

  3. bonnie ellis says:

    Here in Minnesota,I love to attend the hometown parades in little towns. We go to one every year and also watch some very spectacular fire works. I also decorate inside my house for the Holiday. I too, thank the men and women who serve our country. Just like farmgirls, they "Git ‘er done". A very big thanks! Bonnie

  4. KimberlyD says:

    Here in the "thumb", of Michigan, we like to go to Bay City, its a city on the river and love to watch them shoot the fireworks over the river, its huge, they do it all weekend, carnival and concerts. Or we go to Cass City and watch the parade and the little festival they have and watch the fireworks there.

    Happy 4th to you and your family!

  5. Julia says:

    I love the 4th. It was Dale’s and my anniversary. Though with kids, we would celebrate the 4th with them, then take off for a get away. We would celebrate the day with friends with an old fashion picnic/bbq on their farm. Games for the kids, turkey shoot, homemade ice cream, and fireworks at night. A great time. To far away to join them now, so time to start a new tradition.

  6. JoAnn says:

    Hi Deb, here I am in Rogue River, Or. getting ready for our towns annual Rooster Crow weekend. Parade starts at 10, and then off to the celebration. Vendors and food. We do have a rooster crowing contest, rooster’s and people, LOL.
    Just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your blog.
    Have a great day.

  7. Kristy says:

    My church, which is in a different town, has a free ice cream social for participants and fans of the kids bicycle parade in the morning. They have been doing this for more than 20 years. The town I live in has a monster parade on Main Street in the afternoon, and a cool fire works show over the lake in the evening.
    I unfortunately have limited energy, and have never once been able to do it all.

  8. Florence says:

    I just the 4th of July holiday, it is my most favorite!!! I think we are going to have some decent weather here on the west coast. Yahoo! Farm Girl Florence

  9. brenda says:

    most of our 4th’s are spent with a family get together. This year will be the same with food, games, fishing and what ever else there is to do weather permitting. Family is very important to me and after this year being so hard on all of one reason or another I hope that we can remember how lucky we are to live in America . I am afraid that things are going to be different for the United States in the future and we need to remember the ones that have served our country.So say a pray for the United States this fourth of July and the people that lives here to hang on to what it means to say I LIVE IN AMERICAN AND AM PROUD OF IT.

    Hurrah Brenda!

    Deb

  10. Shery says:

    Lovelovelove ALL of it. The photos really make me proud to be an AMERICAN. God Bless this great country and keep her on track with all that is right. Deb, love the top photo of you. You’re cuter’n the dickens.

  11. Hi there… Just read your blog and love the story and pics from your July 4th! We have similar traditions… A main street parade and fireworks at the beach, and the celebration really does bring everyone together in Wesport, CT. Beautiful blog… A girl after my own heart. Here’s to all the backyard farm girls!

    Cheers!

    Elizabeth

  12. Nancy says:

    Thanks for the share!
    Nancy.R

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