I thought we needed to do something different this year. Last year we were in Sacramento for the fourth and had a great time. Every previous year we've joined in on the morning (admittedly fairly lame) community festival in our town, which two years ago they girls proclaimed as boring and wanted to leave pretty soon after it got going.
This year I thought we'd find out what goes on in what will soon be our new town and it turns out there were a few options.
So in the morning we joined a community parade that got going much later than advertised, and wasn't very interesting. Okay, noted, there's going to be a bit of a learning curve here.
Then we went on to the next activity, which is some music and food and activities at a park. This turned out to be a pretty good time. The music was much better than I expected.
The girls loved the red, white, or blue shaved ice and BBQ lunch. They got their faces painted and guessed how many red, white, and blue jelly bellies were in a huge jar, and we met up with some friends and all the kids played barefoot in a nearby creek for a while.
Before we left the girls tried out the dunk tank game, and their recent softball skills served them well.
We spent the later afternoon at Uncle Jeff's for swimming, and then met up with cousins Jake and Brayden in a park close to us to watch the great firework show from our local high school.
Happy Birthday, America!