Check out all that candy!
You can't go without the deep fried goodness at these shin digs!
He loves baby!
My personal favorite from the parade...
Want to know why? I'll remind you...
Same precious mini horse that we love :) Read about that here.
Okay, back to the 4th!
Eric had to work until 8pm and we were both so bummed! Being a grown up is lame sometimes.
We look forward to celebrating the 4th of July at Eric's hometown each year because they go all out (and are sorta redneck, which makes it even better!) When it comes to 10 cent hot dog day and the 4th, this town has got it down :) So even though Eric had to work, I decided to go spend the day with my in laws and have some fun!
They start the day with jets from a nearby (like 3 hours away, ha) air force base flying over main street to start the parade! I've never seen a town be so generous with their candy! I ended up holding my nephews candy bag because it was "too heavy for him" :) After the parade the whole town heads over to the park where there are fun activities for the kids, plenty of junk food, and friends to catch up with! People will stay at the park all day long, but we always go home and have an amazing family bbq!
The best part of the day is the demolition derby! This is where the redneck kicks in.... the people in this town are crazy! But that makes for the best demolition derby EVER! I didn't get to watch it this year because I went home to spend the evening with Eric. We watched the fireworks together then went to bed. But the whole time we were super bummed we weren't at the derby. The sounds of the engines get the adrenaline pumping and for some weird reason, you feel extremely proud to be an American as you watch the cars smash into each other :) The derby is over 4 hours long with an amazing firework show in the middle of it! We definitely missed out this year.... but next year? I'll have plenty of pictures to show just how awesome it really is! :)
I am truly grateful to be living in this country. I can't thank the brave men and women (and the families) that fight for our freedom daily! And I am so lucky I get to celebrate Independence Day with so many loved ones!
I'm blessed to be an American!