Saturday, July 5, 2008

Happy Birthday America!

We had a great 4th of July with my family! We left early Friday morning and met them in Fredericksburg for the parade. It was a fantastic parade with the all American, patriotic feel that you would expect from a small town. It seems like most of the parades we have been to the past few years resemble a rolling yellow pages ad - with every local business in the town driving their car down the road with their signs all over it. Not really my idea of a parade. But the Fredericksburg parade was different. There were a few local businesses that advertised with a float but most of the entries were a salute to our great country. It had everything from vintage cars and tractors to WWII era army vehicles. There were also a number of military themed floats and everyone seemed to have a real respect and appreciation for those serving our country. Tanner had a great time and waved his little flag at everyone that went by!

After dinner, we went back into Fredericksburg for the fireworks show. It was a GREAT show and we had a great spot very close to the action. It reminded me of fireworks shows when I was a kid where it felt like they were falling on you. It was a little too loud and too close for Tanner who spent most of the time watching from inside the car! And then he decided he needed to go to the bathroom right at the end, so he and Chris missed the fantastic finale! Poor Chris!!

Overall, I was very impressed with the Fredericksburg festivities - we just might have to make it a tradition!

I hope everyone had a great weekend. We are so incredibly fortunate to live in such a wonderful country with the freedom that we have. May we never take for granted all the sacrifice that is represented in that freedom!

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