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A small town celebration of the Fourth of July

Happy Fourth of July all fellow Americans! Today is a day of celebration, family, watermelon, picnics, brats on the grill, parades and fireworks. Nothing could be better than spending it in small town America located in the heart of Minnesota’s northern lakes. My husband and kids even saw a bald eagle fly right over their head this morning as they were walking to our car. I can’t think of a more symbolic way to start off the day.

Yesterday we had the pleasure of experiencing a real live small town American celebration here in Nisswa and enjoyed all the festivities. There were arts and crafts, tons of food, face painting, hair glitter for the girls, and later on a huge old-fashioned parade. The parade had all the oldies but goodies. Firetrucks, beauty queens, candy tossing, politicians, crazily-decorated floats, and good ole American fun. I could hardly resist to capture it all on film. The whimsical small town fun of the Nisswa Fourth of July parade. Here it is in a series of photos….enjoy!

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17 comments

    • Thanks Madhu! It was fun and I got a kick out of the silly floats. What a difference when I compare this parade to the one I saw in Antigua over Holy Week! I kept thinking about the contrast and it made me smile.

    • Thanks Renee! It is steaming hot here and every night there are massive storms. It has been so relaxing though to sit out on our porch and watch the sunset past ten.

  1. I, too, love Sophia’s hair. How cute. Happy 4th to you, as well!

    Sorry to have been away all week. I know I’ve missed a lot, but tomorrow’s post will explain my absence. I’ve missed you.

    Hugs,
    Kathy

    • She was so proud to get the hair glitter and bow! Oh, to be a litle girl again! I read your post this morning and wow, I’m so glad you are ok! That sounds like a scary experience! Those stairs look painful and brutal too. 🙂

    • It was really fun to bring the kids! Every 4th I went to our small town parade and carry those memories in my heart. I’m rather nostalgic about it and it was really cool to see the excitement in Max and Sophia’s eyes!

  2. Great photos too! ღ˚ •。* ♥ ˚ ˚✰˚ ˛★* 。 ღ˛° 。* °♥ ˚ • ★ *˚ .ღ 。*˛˚ღ •˚ ˚ Happy Independence Day Greetings! ˚ ✰* ★˚. ★ *˛ ˚♥* ✰。˚ ˚ღ。* ˛˚ ♥ 。✰˚* ˚ ★ღ ˚ 。✰ •* ˚ ♥

    • Thanks! There is something nostalgic about small town american parades. I always went to the fourth of july parade in our town as a child. I loved it. It was fun to see it here through the eyes of my children. 🙂 P.S> I love all your happy, whimsical symbols! Fun and makes me smile! 🙂

  3. Now I’m so jealous. I was from work yesterday, night shift and I missed the parade. I have not experience one since I migrated to America and it’s always been my dream, more so now that my son is 6 and curious of just about anything. I will share with him this post. Beautiful post with inspiring images. Thanks.

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