Happy Independence Day!
It’s been many years since I’ve been able to enjoy my small town’s July 4th celebrations with my parents. Plans for this evening will begin with hamburgers and baked beans, TV viewing of Washington, D.C.’s special concert before the fireworks begin and then live fireworks in my hometown beginning at 9:15 p.m.
It’s the custom to have our town’s fireworks at the fairgrounds, with the Marshall City Band playing at the race track before the grand show begins for those in the grandstand.
But for many of us residents, we prefer what I call the “drive-in theater” showing of the festivities. We drive our cars to the high school parking lot, near the fairgrounds, where we park. Some bring lawn chairs to set outside their vehicles but with my dad and his oxygen tank, we will just remain inside to see what our town has to offer this year.
We should have a great view of the night sky filled with the Fourth’s dazzling display, so be looking for postings of that tomorrow.
Naturally, Lao-lao (our Chi earthquake rescue) will come along as part of the family. He’s so deaf now that the “Boom!”s and “Pop!”s don’t bother him at all. My mom reports he usually just sleeps in his little blanket through the whole thing.
We’ll see if that proves the same this evening.
In the meantime, let me post below my visits to: Elmwood, Canton, Morton, Lewistown and Carlinville. No mishaps with the car this time around but quite a few wrong turns for me to get to the different churches. I made it but on a couple of occasions, not on time.
Now I know why new cars are often fully equipped with a built-in GPS. Sure beats struggling with paper maps, stopping in gas stations for directions or grabbing a local from a nearby sidewalk to ask where the heck I’m going.
Hope your celebrations are great ones! Wishing you Ping An (Peace) from Marshall, IL. Enjoy the below. I certainly did!