Americans celebrated the 235th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence with parades, fireworks and barbecues.
Thousands were showing up near the Washington Monument to eagerly await the annual fireworks show on the National Mall, as USA Today reported. In Boston, the annual Boston Pops concert was a must.
Readers of Sierra Foothills Report weighed in with their experiences — from Grass Valley to Truckee to Bend, Ore.“One of the coolest sights from and around today’s parade in GV was the black and Muslim family walking in front of me afterward; the women folk dressed to the nines, the little girl holding up her American flag. Made me proud of this country we got,” wrote Anna Haynes.
The Center for the Arts had a creative “parade within a parade,” promoting Aaron Neville performing at Stars at North Star House on August 5. (Details here on Sierra FoodWineArt).
“This year we are in Bend Oregon for the 4th,” wrote Judith Lowry. “There are free concerts and lots of river activities all weekend. Gotta go, the Bend Fourth of July doggie parade is getting underway just below our (wonderful) hotel room. Can’t wait to see the flying dog everyone is buzzing about.”
We went to the Fourth of July parade in Truckee, as we do every few years. It was bustling, and the weather was picture perfect — with snow still visible on the mountaintops.
After a while, we met up with Steve Frisch and his wife, Lisa — who live within walking distance of the parade route — and watched it together. As at the western end of our county, it’s a fun, old-fashioned parade.
We clapped and cheered as the fire trucks, floats and horses passed by. A highlight was a Wells Fargo stagecoach. We welcomed the shots of cold water from the water guns on some of the floats.
Our son saw Smokey the Bear for the second day in a row. A day earlier we saw him at the Pancake Breakfast at Meek’s Bay. Hope you’re enjoying your holiday.
Here’s a video from the Truckee parade: