I hope your 4th was more cheerful than mine.. ..as I've said before.. The Parade goes directly past my house, (about 20' from the street) and raised aprox 3 ' above street level, so we can see right over the heads of seated village residents even the ones with umbrellas.
perhaps it's only my subjective opinion, (but I don't think so) but if I needed one word to describe it this year's annual parade
We don't have any parades in Tyler.... several Fireworks shows... never been, so doan know how good or bad they are. Many smaller towns ditched them years ago, no $$ and they need what they have for more than something that goes up in smoke ! Some are starting to come back but sponsored by local businesses.
When I lived in the bay area (near Palo Alto) we could go out on this long pier near the Dumbarton Bridge and see magnificent fireworks shows over the bay from Oakland to the north, San Jose to the south and Hayward across the bay - 3 shows at once.... FANTASTIC... after that every other local show is downhill. Sit out there and drink beer and watch tha shows !! Awesome !
Fireworks and parades on the 4th of July? --- What's that? Seriously though, our community has done away with the fireworks several years ago due to a lack of funds, and apparently there are no sponsors to step up and donate $$. Since our state doesn't allow the sale of anything other than sparklers, most people here go across the river and get the noisy stuff in Missouri. And then we're constantly and noisily reminded that it's the 4th of July. Parades in this town have become rare, and the 4th of July 'parade' seems to have become the show of several flags by a few grim looking bearded members of the local VFW and other patriotic organizations. All in all, the 4th of July here is the day when everyone cooks & fries outside and the smell of kerosene (?) is overpowering.
Our Village is the quintessential All American Town. For the last 120 years, our Village, rooted in family and community, has celebrated our country's birthday. The Fourth of July is our longest and deepest tradition.
While "Pudge" & THE Dump Celebrate the Shutting-Down of not only THE BIRTH of Our FREEDOM Celebrations, but indeed, the Shutting Down of ENTIRE STATES
All in all, the 4th of July here is the day when everyone cooks & fries outside and the smell of kerosene (?) is overpowering.
All the good reason to get those coal miners back to work !!
BTW - never use charcoal lighter fluid--- I think it taints everything. Supposed to burn off but me thinks some heavy hydrocarbons are still residual... I light mine over propane, just barely get them started in a charcoal chimney and let it build from there. Might take a few extra minutes, BUT I know it's clean start. Now the hydrocarbons in the charcoal are a totally different story... love that benzopyrene !!
Loc: Southern Lake Superior
Firstly, Happy Independence Day to everybody!
Secondly, Marquette has both a parade and fireworks that are currently alive and well.
The parade usually runs from about 2PM to 3:30PM, and includes floats from organizations that want to participate. Political candidates are allowed to have a "float," which may be a single vehicle with just a sign affixed to the doors. I don't know anyone that has a problem with this.
We have all sorts of floats, from churches and other community organizations to horse-riding organizations.
The local Kiwanis is the sponsor for the parade. The police have a steady presence during the parade. I don't know if the police officers volunteer or are paid.
Fireworks are largely funded by the general public, and have been for at least a decade, to my recollection. There's a website, https://marquettefireworks.com, where one may make a contribution.
Frankly, I'm not big on parades or fireworks displays, as they are heavily attended, and I'm a hermit at heart. The parade route is roughly two miles long, and it is packed, maybe 20,000 people. Also, not enough convenient parking for the fireworks, and the park where they're displayed has roughly 10,000 people there watching, plus more at other nearby locations.
Our support of Kiwanis is limited to the early June chicken barbeque each year. We eat at Lakeview arena, where the chickens are cooked. It's fun watching people there. We usually see someone we know.
We've not contributed to the fireworks, that I know of. I haven't attended the fireworks in five or six years, and went to the parade this year at Mrs. Stumpy's request. I did have fun, I must say.
Bless all of you!
_________________________ Stumpy "Seek for the merit in others, even the tiniest shred. Then do the same in yourself" -Reb Nachman
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