No orchestrated extravaganzas await us small town citizens:
|Old Glory 1983|
....unless you take this invitation's hype to heart! This Old Glory is the flag from my grandfather's funeral; he was a veteran of WWI. My father hung the flag high in the old cedars in the front yard....it is a very large banner....
|My sister salutes 1983|
|Lee and Annie at flag raising circa the 4th in 1987|
And as impressive and respected and photographed July 4 2014 as it was a generation ago..
|Ben, Kenzie and Levi, 2014|
|Aaron, Lizzie and Josh, 2014|
|Levi and I check out the big flag, 2014|
I treasure the family picnics and barbeques, lakeside, in backyards, in shaded parks or blistering ball fields.
|Annie with her patriotic cake, 1987|
|Abbie, July 4th, 2009|
|Joshie needs some ice cream, July 4th, 2011|
We are All-Americans, young or old, earning our pie or ice cream on the field of play and making the long hot daylight hours of July pass quickly in sweat and laughter.
|Hmm..Annie....1990s. Nice horseshoe form.|
|Josh with a patriotic popcorn cake, 2014|
|Gabe at bat, 2014|
|Ben throwing shoes, 2014|
|Ben, taking a swing|
|Abbie, taking a lead, 2014|
|Aaron makes contact. 2014|
|Lee, Annie, 1986|
|Grandma and Grandpa watching, 1986|
|Levi on the "blue tractor, with Mommy and Papa Blake|
|Lizzie and Aaron watching the horseshoe game, 2014|
|In the breezeway, 1983|
|Lee, Annie, Granny, 1983|
|In the market breezeway, 2014|
|Josh, Levi sharing a tractor seat, 2014|
|Central Dairy sherbert, Annie and Kenzie, 2014|
This is little America,but our holiday is not complete without a band. If no parade presents itself and no band marches by, we will be our own...
|Granny leads the band, 1983|
|Annie is a band unto herself, 1983|
|More musicians, 1983|
|Well, festive, 1983|
|Levi with a big hit, 2014|
|And Lizzie is sweet to share, 2014|
|Lizzie, Thomas, and a rocket|
There might be a float..or a juggler....
|Ben showing off for Josh, 2014|
We cheer and salute our own personal flyover:
|Brooks, with the flyover, 2011|
The faces change with time and age, but the spirit is the same. The sun settles behind the trees; its falling rays turn the fields to gold....
..and gilds the Lady Who Lost Her Car Keys and the 1912 Redbarn
|Leapin' Lizzie, 2014|
It's the perfect time of the day for champagne party pops, for sparklers, for smoke bombs and for parachutes. The youngest can participate in the wonder of sound and light; the oldest can see it all over again through the kids' new eyes.
|Kenzie helps Josh chase a parachute, 2014|
|Kenzie and Levi with a sparkler, 2014|
|Josh has a 'chute!, 2014|
|party popper, 2014|
|smoke bombs, 2014|
|Gabe loves it, 2009|
|Aaron sets a smoke bomb,2011|
|Gabe in 2011|
|Have to check. Redbarn,|
|My mama, 1983|
|Cool 4th, 2010|
|Levi and Aaron, 2014|
|Lizzie does a dance, 2014|
This glorious day of celebration and tradition is now part of the "mystic chords of memory" for us all.
|Josh, Aaron, the big flag, 2014|