Summer Sundays and a Parade

Happy 4th of July!

What would a Summer Sunday be without a 4th of July parade?
Especially this Sunday. 
Last Sunday I talked about my childhood town by the sea. 
They happen to have the most wonderful parades each year. 
The whole community partakes with grins from ear to ear.  

I remember being in it myself at one time or another.
Even it it is just joining in and walking along you can't help 
but to be swept in by the excitement of it all.

The beauty of this parade is that everything and anything goes.
You can't be bashful here because nearly everyone knows you.
If you have never been to a 4th of July parade, 
 I invite you to share in this one with me.

Once the parade is just get's better.
You get to look forward to fireworks in the evening!

Lastly, summer to me was time spent at my grandparent's beach cottage.
They always welcomed us with open arms. 
It was a never ending open house at the cottage all summer long. 
The grandchildren, the great grandchildren, the neighbours
and more would stop in to say hello.

Everyone headed up to their porch on the 4th. 
We would sit under the stars, with the moon hanging over the ocean 
and wait for the heavens to shower us with a glorious display of lights.

My grandfather nearly made it to 100 this year. We miss him dearly.
I will think of him as we sit under the twinkling lights of 
another fireworks celebration tomorrow evening. It won't be the same
without him but it will be another occasion to remember him.
He always did love a great party :)

Wherever you may be I send best wishes
 for a wonderful 4th of July!

Thank you again to The Tablescaper for this wonderful meme concept.
If you would like to read more about Summer Sundays
visit her blog and join in the fun!



  1. I love a parade and that themed one looks like such fun!
    I like the low tech bike with Let Freedom Ring followed by the large motorcycles and flags!

    Happy 4th of July.

  2. Wonderful, uplifting post, Jeanne! The pictures were so bright and vibrant...I wish you and all my American blogging friends a very happy 4th of July :)

  3. Hurray for the 4th of July!!! It's the happiest, paradiest, picnicest day of the year...our neighborhood parade happens to be today, the 3rd, with fireworks in our cul-de-sac and all the families around the circle. Torrential rain is forecast for Sunday (tomorrow), the 4th of July--so it won't be raining on OUR parade this year!!!

  4. Lovely post!
    Americana at its best.
    Happy 4th to you!!
    From both of us!

  5. What a wonderful post. Pure Americana, something we don't have much of down here in South Texas... not to say I don't appreciate our blend of cultures and history. I never can get enough of the red, white and blue.
    Happy 4th of July!!
    Ladybug Creek

  6. These images are the essence of a 4th of July Celebration. Love the thought of your grandparents beach cottage's large porch full of guests. Sounds like he lived a long happy life.
    Happy 4th of July and a nod to your grandfather! ~ Sarah

  7. Enjoyed your home town parade. Are you having your own private one in England this year? :)

    Sorry for the loss of your grandpa, Jeanne.

  8. I enjoyed the pictures of the parade!
    Happy 4th of July!

  9. Hi Glenda..

    I found a 4th of July celebration in England..fancy that.
    It is all go at Mrs. Greville's place tonight :)

  10. Looks like a great time-enjoy!

  11. Beautiful Summer/Patriotic post! Our town doesn't have a 4th of July parade, wish we did!

  12. Wowwwwwwww!
    Fantastic Post!!!
    Kissssssss ;)
    Daniela DREAM SHABBY CHIC MIlano

  13. What a fun parade! Enjoy it today again. I am sorry your grandpa will not be able to join you anymore but I am sure he is with you in spirit. Happy

  14. A wonderful post, thank you for the great fourth of July images, my fave is Betsy Ross!


  15. Such wonderful photos and such wonderful memories. It will be a hard night without him. It sounds like you had a charmed childhood.

    Thank you for sharing your memories with us and for being a part of "Summer Sundays".

    - The Tablescaper

  16. I remember the parade we used to go to when we were little and when my kids were little. Nothing like a parade especially when the big drums go by.

  17. Happy Fourth to you and your family, Jeanne!

  18. I am so happy you found a 4th of July celebration in England.

    When we used to take students overseas for many years, we were often in England or Scotland on the 4th. So many time kids would ask us, "Why don't they celebrate the Fourth of July in the UK?" Oh my!

  19. Our parade is mostly local sports teams on the back of pickup trucks and the boy scouts and fire fighters throwing candy from moving vehicles, but the kids love it and it does capture the spirit of Independence Day. I took pics of the spectators more than the parade. Stop by and take a look. Thanks for your lovely and encouraging comments.


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