I love the Fourth of July, it’s one of my favorite holidays. We have a family tradition of heading to my aunt’s house (formerly Grandma’s) to walk to the parade route, have dinner, then watch the fireworks. She has one of the best lawns in town to watch them.
She always invites a bunch of people who all bring some kind of food to munch on. This year, she made homemade gumbo which was awesome. Her friend Jamie brought a sweet onion pie that was to die for … seriously amazing!
The weather was perfect this year (last year was foggy and cold – fireworks bombed big time). The video below was shot from my Aunt’s front deck – filmed by Eric Davis. It’s best to view it from YouTube directly – HD and full screen. Beautiful!
Here’s a random assortment of pictures, in hindsight, I didn’t take nearly enough!
1. My baby boy, who’s not so much a baby anymore (daughter decided to watch the parade with friends across the street). 2. It’s not often you see a snow groomer at a Fourth of July parade. 3. Beautiful float from my favorite farmer’s market. 4. And a very sleepy puppy!
What three independently owned businesses would you miss if they disappeared? Stop in. Say hello. Pick up something that brings a smile. Your purchases are what keeps those businesses around.
I love this idea.
My Facebook status update today:
Ok quick …. name three local businesses you would miss if they disappeared! My three today (out of the tons that I love) – Julienne Tomatoes Deli & Bakery, Crooked Tree BreadWorks and McLean & Eakin Booksellers …. hmmm, food and books – yep, there is a theme here. Check out the 3/50 project – I love this idea!
(as an aside – the Parmesan Pepper bread from Crooked Tree BreadWorks is AMAZING!!! – I highly recommend it)