Thursday, July 5, 2012

4th of July, Small Town Virginia Style

Clifton Forge, small town, U.S.A.

Flags flying, patriotic outfits, and the underlying current of excitement that comes with national holidays filled downtown Clifton Forge.

We celebrated the 4th of July in style: a parade, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and the playing of the five military hymns!

It was enjoyable to see so many familiar faces, especially after the past six days with little no electricity for much of our area.

If we had only had a town plaza and everyone could have brought their picnics, it would have been like reading a Little House book.

In the evening there were activities for kids, food for sale, music playing, and finally...FIREWORKS!

While watching the fireworks, I could not help but smile!

It was a huge and beautiful display, lasting well over the anticipated (and dreaded for shortness) fifteen minutes.

Despite being a dual citizen, I enjoyed the day celebrating the United States of America and thinking back to what Francis Scott Key saw when he wrote the Star Spangled Banner.

Watching the parade outside the court house

The parade coming down Main St.

Patriotic Chihuahua

Playing the five military hymns

The reading of The Declaration of Independence

Patriotic attire

Raising of the flag by Veterans

Family enjoying the train!

Lasso Practice

Ice cream and Cotton Candy!

Kids riding the little train!

Festivities at the old depot!

A smile maker!!

Celebrating freedom!

Beautiful Fireworks!

The Finale!

Full Moon on the 4th

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