There is a longstanding tradition in our neighborhood. Every Fourth of July we have a large party. The day starts with a Fishing Derby at 7 am, followed by a Road Race at 8am. Then at 10 am there is a parade and we all walk down to the beach, sing the national anthem, pass out prizes for Best Float, Best Costume, etc. and get on to field and water games, a raffle and most importantly partying. It’s a long, fun and tiring day.
When the Fourth is on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, it is easy to figure out what day to schedule the party and the rain date, but with the Fourth being on a Wednesday this year, the decision was made to have the party on the Seventh. The weather was not the best. It was hot and uncomfortably muggy with intermittent rain showers. But we’ve seen worse. So while many of us (including yours truly) complained about the weather, we were also glad that we weren’t sitting in mud up to our ankles or despairing when our tents blew away. In general, it’s always a terrific day getting to see neighbors we don’t get a chance to see often enough, meeting newcomers to the hood and catching up with our old, good friends.
|Jimmy Egan, our Grand Marshall!|
|Winner: Best Bike Decoration|
|Winner: Best Adult Costumes (or lack thereof). A tribute to the USA Olympic Swim Team.|
|Winner: Best Float|
|Detail of Best Float. Love those Gatorade fish.|
|Au courant: The latest in Fourth of July fashion.|
|Our adorable raffle helpers, Charla and Emma.|