Then we walked up the street about four blocks to attend Becky's Parade Brunch, along with a lot of her neighbors, friends, and teacher friends, some of which we knew too.
There we indulged in lots of good food and conversation.
Then it was time for parade watching. This is a neighborhood parade - no horses in this suburb, no famous people or politicians, a few fire trucks and police cars, no bands, but lots of kids and cars.
Old tow truck ( Kinda' looks like Mater)
BIG tow truck!
And what we were especially waiting for, Gus The bus!
Gus is a 1977 VW camper van that has been in our family for many years. Aunt Jan bought it used and Gus traveled across the country with him, Jake had him for a long time and took him into the mountains, Gus moved to Colorado with Jill and explored national parks, Jake brought him back, and now he lives with Jill and Isaac and Irene, and he still gets to go camping now and then. Groovy, Man!
Irene had a blast!
At the end of the parade we all followed along down to The Cove, where the vintage cars were on display. Gus got lots of attention.
There were mounds of free hot dogs and ice cream and popcorn and snow cones.
And of course, as per tradition, we walked out on the beach.
Showing off the patriotic nail job.
Tom and I came home and settled into our air conditioned house and rested up for the next round of festivities.
We gathered for the evening at Jan's house on Henderson Bay for more food and fun and fireworks.
The sun is down but the twilight lingers long here, so the fireworks show from the barge must wait.
But Jill came prepared, as usual, for her own fireworks fun. Also, rockets were bursting in air all along the bay continuously.
And then it was time for the big show!
It was grand!
And as far as I know, nothing unintended burned down.
We got home about midnight and settled the cat down. All was well and quiet here at home. With everything so dry, fire is a very serious and real threat. I guess people were careful, ...or lucky.
We're keeping in the red, white and blue theme around here this July 5th. The kids are coming and we'll watch the women's world cup final together this afternoon. I think it might have something to do with our air conditioning?
Oh well, party on!