Growing up in a small New England town, the fourth of July was a three day celebration. The parade was started out the police cars and fire trucks, sirens blasting. They were followed by floats designed and built by various organizations and local groups. Interspersed among the floats were marching bands, American Legion members, Scout troops and the always fun Shriner clowns.
|My family, waiting for the parade to start|
During the day there were pet shows, doll carriage contests and other events as well as a carnival with a midway full of rides, games of chance, food vendors - I can smell the cotton candy, popcorn, caramel apples and hot dogs. Three days of Ferris wheels, Tilt-a-Whirls, Merry-go-rounds and more.
As a child, this is what I remember. As an adult, I'm happy to report that my hometown is doing all it can to carry on the tradition of a multi-day celebration. Now new generations will have memories, too.