It has been several years since we were home for the 4th of July--I think since before we moved to Idaho, actually. The past 3 summers that we've lived back in this area we've heard about the 4th of July parade in down town Bothell and this year we thought we'd check it out. Folks had started setting up their chairs lining the streets 3-4 days in advance. I guess it's pretty popular! We found a spot at the very end of the route.
The first float that passed us was a Christmas theme. Confusing. "Disturbing" a local friend described it.
Daddy took pity on Nora and went to help her get some candy being thrown to the kids. See the empty bag? That's how it came back after half an hour of trying to obtain one silly piece of candy. There were a lot kids duking it out for that candy! Ezra and Caroline threw some elbows and got themselves a few pieces--but they were too far away and engulfed in the crowd of kids for me to snap shots of them.
And they all fell down. We decided to brave the crowds once again and drove to the Kirkland water front to see the fireworks display. It felt a bit claustrophobic--but the display was pretty. And call me a Grandma if you will, but bed at midnight is just not my thing anymore. Although, soon--very soon--I shall be up partying in the wee hours of the night and morning each and every day. Ohhhhh.....I'm so not ready for that part of it! : )