June 20, 2010

My Favorite Holiday -- July 4th -- Independence Day

I absolutely love the 4th of July. I created this new photograph for 2010. You can buy Stars and Stripes in my Etsy shop. In my shop, there is another pretty flag image from a baseball game, and I am working on more this weekend.

Most years you will find me at the Decatur, Georgia 4th of July Celebration because there is so much going on. Large crowds pack into the old-fashioned square for music and fireworks. The parade begins at 6 PM. Children and adults line up at 5:30 with their decorated bicycles and scooters. The path is a short one around the square. Afterwards, the callanwolde concert band entertains until just before the fireworks begin at dark.

I like preparing food for our picnic and having all my kids close by. My salmon recipe holds its flavor long enough for these kinds of events. It is so sweet to lean on each other on our blanket, eat delicious food and relax. The music reminds me of weekends in Bar Harbor, Maine or Chatham in Cape Cod. Chatham and Bar Harbour have music every Saturday night during the summer as part of their home town flavor. To me, the square's activities make a summer vacation special and memorable to see all the residents mix up with locals. Last year we were in Hyannis on the cape.

The celebration at Decatur also reminds me of attending a concert at Chastain park, but there is no admission. An added bonus at Decatur is the ease of which everyone leaves because the parking lots are spread out over the city. There are many ways to exit in all directions. Hope to see you there!


readingsully2 said...

Very nice and have a lovely Fourth this year.

MagMoment said...

Carole, I hope you have a great Fourth of July also!