Friday was the 4th of July, America's independence day. My small town celebrates every year with a parade down Main Street. I think it says a lot about who we are as a community. The parade starts with a color guard, where veterans and boy scouts present flags:
Our mayor, Farmer John, drives a tractor pulling a hay wagon (our version of a "float"):
We have representatives of the local Marine Reserve, the local library (the librarians even do a choreographed routine with book return carts) and low-rider cars:
We are an agricultural town, with ranches and cowboys, so we have lots of horses in the parade:
We also have a large Mexican-American community, which was well-represented:
And, I was thrilled to run into Smokey the Bear, the mascot for fire safety in California, as it meant I was able to cross both parade and mascot off the 2014 Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt list.
After the parade, we watched the World Cup match with friends and then shot off some fireworks to complete our independence day celebrations.
Sorry for the photo heavy post, but I hope that all the photos give you a better insight into the place where I call home. Do you think they do?