In our neighborhood, if you don't have an American flag to fly, not to worry - every house receives a flag! Volunteers go house to house placing flags in front of every home. So cool!
Our neighborhood comes together every July 4th for a Patriotic parade and block party.
Everyone gathers at the end of our street to wait for our local firetruck to come and lead the way.
Everyone dresses in red, white and blue.
The kids decorate their bikes,
trikes, baby buggies, wagons and little cars. Some people even decorate their dog!
It is always fun to participate in our little 4th of July parade.
The firetruck and firemen are here and the kids are excited for the parade to begin!
And they're off! I love the dog's hat and the pinwheels tucked in this sweet girl's pony tails.
Neighbors and friends following the firetruck.
I wonder if other countries feel the same pride as we do here in America?
Our neighbors across the street become happy spectators as the parade proceeds down our street.
It's the cheerleaders in a patriotic red truck!
The parade route runs through our entire neighborhood.
Onto the block party. We all gather back at the parade starting point for hot dogs, sweet treats and something cold to drink.
Everyone brings something to share.
The firemen take all of the leftovers back to the firehouse to help them celebrate throughout the day.
Neighbors catching up,
visiting and laughing.
We even have wonderful coveted shade to make our hot Texas 4th of July block party just perfect.
Then it's back home to get ready for our cook-out with friends later in the day. I baked a blackberry cobbler.
My contribution to our cook-out: potato salad and corn-tomato-bacon salad.
Our friend Philip cooked burgers!
They were so good - with a side of sliced watermelon!
And look what our hostess, Lois, did! A cookie pizza decorated like a flag.
Who needs blackberry cobbler? This cookie creation was addictive!
E and Bradley relaxing after dinner, before we head out for the fireworks show.
Mr.P, E and I waiting for the fireworks show in downtown Dallas.
E enjoyed the parade with neighbors, a cook-out with family and friends, a few games of Ladder Ball in the backyard, relaxing in the hammock and here she is holding hands with Bradley as they watch fireworks. This very traditional girl is extremely HAPPY!
E, Bradley and Lois watching the fireworks together.
What a wonderful way to end a perfect 4th of July!
This is Mr.P and E in 1999! She had just turned 4. They were headed out to ride in our neighborhood's 4th of July Parade. Both of our children have participated in our small parade all of their lives. Before they could ride bikes, we decorated our little red wagon and pulled them in the parade. What a wonderful way for kids to grow up! Inspiring them to have a sense of pride for our country and community. It has always been a delightful celebration!
I hope everyone, everywhere had an enjoyable 4th of July!