Nothing says summer like the 4th of July parade. Now that we're residents of Rock Hall, a small fishing village on Maryland's Eastern Shore, the 4th of July parade and fireworks has become one of the big highlights of our summer.
It's small town living at its best. We wake up, have a leisurely breakfast, hop on our bikes, and make our way to the parade. We say hi to friends (and strangers) along the way.
And while it's most definitely a big event with a lot of attendees, there's no traffic to fight or hunting around for a parking spot.
Less time spent with that kind of hassle means more time enjoying the company of family and friends. And that's my family's main focus right now - slowing down and enjoying each other - whether it's a special holiday or an ordinary day.
Looking through these images, I have to chuckle at my kiddos' serious faces!
Those two are such little observers (just like their mama!), and there was so much for them to take in.
The annual parade always includes the Kent County Community Marching Band with their Maryland crab mascot, vintage cars, tons of clever floats, motorcycles, and so many tractors and Fire Department vehicles (much to my little guy's delight).
When I asked my girl which part of the parade was her favorite, she couldn't decide on just one thing - she loved everything :-) And that's unlike her. She's usually much more decisive.
I know the candy that's handed out is way up on their list of parade favorites, that's for sure.
Our bike ride back from the parade is the perfect opportunity for them to count their loot of candy.
Rock Hall hosts many fun activities throughout the year and I will be documenting all of them. Click here to follow along.