Last year we spent the 4th at my cousin's house, she lives right on the parade route, in Lebanon, Indiana. I love doing the 4th there. It's an idyllic time. Everyone wears red, white, and blue. They drive around in decorated golf carts, the floats are original, and the parade always has lots of columbines and characters galore.
The family usually gathers and in days past had Uncle Perk's homemade ice cream, which is the most delicious ice cream ever! Everyone chips in and brings the favorites like pulled pork, banana pudding, bean salad, etc. The food is delish!
Originally, we had planned on travelling from Chicago down to Lebanon for the 4th, meeting my Mom there and then driving back up, with her, to our house. We found out that our town has a pretty great parade, too, that literally comes as close as just a couple of houses away from us, so...we decided to stay and see what it was all about. I still did miss Lebanon, though.
It was a fantastic parade, made even better that our house was so close. It seems our parade is used to being shot at with water guns, and so when the watches spray them...they spray back. We will definitely have to have our water guns ready for next year. The kids had fun and it was a blast seeing neighbors we know and meeting new people from our area.
After the parade and a short walk home, we met our good friends for a July 4th BBQ. The kids swam and met new friends. We shot off little fireworks and the kids had sparklers. And, again, it was fun meeting new people.
It was a great day to celebrate our Independence!
July 4th, 2015