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BEST LITTLE TOWN INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS
Self | 7/3/2004 | Self

Posted on 07/03/2004 1:45:40 PM PDT by Mike Darancette

What are your favorite small town Independence Day celebrations and why.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: independenceday; smalltown
I'll Go First.

1. Kanab Utah - Firework Show in Red Rock Canyon.

2. Bridgeport CA - Patriotic Speeches and Basque Picnic.

1 posted on 07/03/2004 1:45:41 PM PDT by Mike Darancette
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To: Mike Darancette

Pataskala Ohio....because it's home....


2 posted on 07/03/2004 1:48:36 PM PDT by MikefromOhio (Kerry renames the US The People's Republic of America)
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To: Mike Darancette

Briston, R.I.

Great parade, *convivial* atmosphere!!


3 posted on 07/03/2004 1:49:16 PM PDT by cloud8
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To: Mike Darancette

Sheboygan, WI, because absolutely everyone is frying brats.


4 posted on 07/03/2004 1:50:01 PM PDT by Bahbah
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To: cloud8

Bristol, Vermont, because of the annual July 4th outhouse race they have there.

Actually, I didn't see it listed in the paper this year - I wonder if they've discontinued it. If so, that's a bummer - it was hilarious.

Then they had a good parade and barbecue afterwards.

LQ


5 posted on 07/03/2004 1:53:18 PM PDT by LizardQueen
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To: cloud8
Briston, R.I.

*hic* I meant Bristol!
6 posted on 07/03/2004 1:55:30 PM PDT by cloud8
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To: Mike Darancette

Big Bear Lake , Calif. Fireworks on the lake and a neat BBQ at the Community church first.The best in the WEST!!!!


7 posted on 07/03/2004 1:56:13 PM PDT by pollywog (Psalm 121;1 I Lift mine eyes to the hills from whence cometh my help.)
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To: Mike Darancette
State College, PA, home of the Great American 4TH of July Fireworks!

Not only can you watch the fireworks around beautiful Beaver Stadium, but you can scout out tailgate spots for the upcoming (SUCCESSFUL) football season!

Great American 4th of July Fireworks

8 posted on 07/03/2004 1:56:17 PM PDT by FlJoePa
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To: Mike Darancette

Wrangell, Alaska.

No way to describe it, you have to experience it.


9 posted on 07/03/2004 2:00:26 PM PDT by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: Bahbah

Good idea. There's a bunch of brats in my neighboroohd I wouldn't mind putting over a fire pit.


10 posted on 07/03/2004 2:01:05 PM PDT by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: RedBloodedAmerican
There's a bunch of brats in my neighboroohd I wouldn't mind putting over a fire pit.

But then the long (or maybe short?) arm of the law would come and get you....

11 posted on 07/03/2004 2:06:10 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (...proud to be a Brown Shirted digital First Responder)
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To: Mike Darancette
The Colony, Texas

http://www.libertybythelake.com

12 posted on 07/03/2004 2:07:19 PM PDT by zeaal (SPREAD TRUTH!)
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To: Mike Darancette
Midland, PA.

It's a small, struggling steel town with 3 coal and 2 nuclear powered reactors. Before the parade started, my wife and I walked up to the local convenience store for a cup of coffee. As we reached the other corner of the street, a young boy, maybe 8, handed us small wooden patriotic pins from a pail he had by his feet. He and his mother were just doing it because they wanted to.

Both sides of the street were lined for a couple of miles. When the Vietnam and Korean vets came by, the applause was sincere and enthusiastic. One Vietnam vet gave me a simple nod when we made eye contact. That nod carried more of a message than any speech Kerry will ever make in his life.

High school and volunteer fireman bands kept up the patriotic themes.

The politicians were there. The horse riders. The usual mini-cars, motorcycles, dozens upon dozen of sports cars and classics. And fire trucks. At least 40 of all sizes, shapes and color schemes.

After the two hour procession, there were fair rides and hot dogs in the park. A bandstand busting with bunting stood waiting for the speakers. Unfortunately, we had to leave before that occured.

This is my second trip to that town for this event since I moved to PA. I've never seen its like in other places I've lived.

Film that, Mr. Moore.

13 posted on 07/03/2004 2:10:01 PM PDT by Glenn (The two keys to character: 1) Learn how to keep a secret. 2) ...)
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To: ErnBatavia

What the heck is that? A budget cut?


14 posted on 07/03/2004 2:11:07 PM PDT by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: FlJoePa
I second that. The fireworks show is regularly ranked in the Top 5 in the nation. Not bad for a town of less than 100,000.
15 posted on 07/03/2004 2:11:21 PM PDT by NittanyLion
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To: Mike Darancette

My house: watching the History Channel.


16 posted on 07/03/2004 2:12:35 PM PDT by Terpfen (Re-elect Bush; kill terrorists now, fix Medicare later.)
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To: Mike Darancette
Tempe, AZ
Last Years Pics
17 posted on 07/03/2004 2:12:48 PM PDT by GoldMan (mmmmmm, buzz, click.)
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To: Mike Darancette; Bridgette

Steeleville Illinois, this year it will run from Friday night to Monday, all the local high school marching bands from around the county and even some from other counties. When I was a kid, Chester High was one of the top in the state for marching bands. Bridgette, is the Chester High band still great?


18 posted on 07/03/2004 2:13:15 PM PDT by eastforker ((this dog bite me and eaker shot it))
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To: Mike Darancette

Creswell, Oregon fourth parade and picnic in the park! of course im biased since I live here but its one of few remaining fourth parades left in the state. the flags are on every street corner and the bunting is everywhere. people come for miles around to this parade. my kids are usually in the parade but this year i messed up and promised to teach sunday school and so we will miss the parade this year:( but there is always next year.


19 posted on 07/03/2004 2:15:20 PM PDT by suzyq5558 (Slicks braclet is a secret mood ring when its red he's fondly remembering the KSNAP of the thong)
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To: Mike Darancette

OK... Huntington Beach is not a "small town", but the festivities sure have that "small town" feel:

- Community Pancake Breakfast
- Family 5K Run (including stroller races)
- Largest 4th of July Parade west of the Mississippi River (this year is the 100th Parade in Huntington Beach)
- Kids Festival on Main Street in downtown all day
- Fireworks show on the beach - fireworks fired off two barges off the coast


20 posted on 07/03/2004 2:15:43 PM PDT by So Cal Rocket (Fabrizio Quattrocchi: "Adesso vi faccio vedere come muore un italiano")
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To: Mike Darancette; Birdsong Bay; MotleyGirl70

I'm about to find out all about Tomah and Sparta, WI. Two small towns right outside the gate of Fort McCoy, where I'm currently stationed.


21 posted on 07/03/2004 2:20:59 PM PDT by Old Sarge (2004: Win One More For The Gipper!)
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To: Mike Darancette
Alpharetta, GA... My beloved daughter's family residence.

Small town in northern Georgia --- about an hour north of Atlanta...

The entire downtown is closed off -- the parade is a SERIOUS event with all sorts of units, schools, clubs, businesses, bands and military represented --- and the parade goes on for quite a LONG TIME! Not a mickey mouse event...

There is a stage and podium at City Hall, where local decorated vets are seated in honored positions, and some are invited to speak...

I, a grizzled old grunt, will admit to tears flowing at the sound of children's voices singing the many patriotic songs and holding their little hands over their hearts...
It WILL bring you to tears of joy and sadness mixed together...

What was most interesting and sad....is that one could pick out the many Vietnam vets present -- by their age, quiet demeanor and the sadness in their eyes as they seem to favor standing at the outside edges of the crowded sidewalk....

Apparently, some STILL haven't been welcomed home..

A quiet whisper, nod and smile would always bring a nod of acknowledgment....

Semper Fi

22 posted on 07/03/2004 2:23:41 PM PDT by river rat (You may turn the other cheek...But I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: cloud8
Bristol, R.I.
Great parade, *convivial* atmosphere!!

I don't know that I've seen the July 4th parade there since 1976, but I remember it was quite something. And it's the only place I know of where roads ised for the parade have a permanent red, white, and blue centerline.

23 posted on 07/03/2004 2:29:21 PM PDT by supercat (Why is it that the more "gun safety" laws are passed, the less safe my guns seem?)
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To: Mike Darancette

I hate large crowds, so I will have to say Berkley,CA (/humor)


24 posted on 07/03/2004 2:57:41 PM PDT by Mark (Treason doth never prosper, for if it prosper, NONE DARE CALL IT TREASON.)
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To: Mike Darancette

Asbury Park, NJ - celebrating its first 4th of July Parade in 25 years!


25 posted on 07/03/2004 3:00:16 PM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: Mike Darancette
We do it up big in Jasper, TX. Something for everybody and it's around a pond and Sandy Creek.

The festivities will begin around 4:00 pm with entertainment by “Solar Systems”, playing blues, zydeco, and mixed tunes; “New Day”, a quartet from Nacogdoches that will perform patriotic and gospel music.

... a B-52 bomber from the second bomb wing at Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport will perform a low altitude fly-by at 7:30 that evening.

The infamous dunking booth will once again host local celebrities, politicians, and friends as they help to raise to money for next year’s celebration.

Tamollie’s restaurant will sponsor their watermelon contest; “Just Archery” will be on hand to demonstrate bow hunting skills and allow children to shoot at targets.

... a moonwalk for the kids to jump in and the East Texas Art League will offer face painting. There will also be back drops for fun photos, puppet shows, gigantic slide and other activities.

The Harvest Way Church here in Jasper will also provide a puppet show and clowns for the day event and there will be plenty of food such as sausage, pizza, barbecue, hot dogs and roasted corn cooked and served by the many different charities and service groups in the area.

The fireworks show will be held at 9:00 pm and this year’s presentation promises to be more spectacular than the previous years, electronically choreographed to music.

26 posted on 07/03/2004 3:09:15 PM PDT by lonestar (Me, too!--Weinie)
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To: MikeinIraq
Pataskala Ohio....because it's home....

My Mother-in-law lives in Pataskala...just off Watkins Rd.

27 posted on 07/03/2004 3:23:14 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Rick Nash will score 50 goals this season ( if there is a season)
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To: Mike Darancette

Not ONE New England community!


28 posted on 07/03/2004 3:23:40 PM PDT by mlmr (Tag-less - Tag-free, anti-tag, in-tag-able, without tag, under-tagged, tag-deprived...)
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To: Mike Darancette

Not ONE New England community!


29 posted on 07/03/2004 3:24:00 PM PDT by mlmr (Tag-less - Tag-free, anti-tag, in-tag-able, without tag, under-tagged, tag-deprived...)
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To: Glenn

No kidding!! My ex-wife is from Midland. I spent 12 Independence Days visiting. They do know how to put on a good Fourth.


30 posted on 07/03/2004 3:25:54 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Rick Nash will score 50 goals this season ( if there is a season)
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To: Mike Darancette
Wakefield, Massachusetts puts on a great program, especially for the kids, and has a parade that they claim is second only to Bristol, RI, in the Northeast. See Town ready for a star-spangled Fourth of July celebration.
31 posted on 07/03/2004 3:32:05 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good" HRC 6/28/2004)
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To: Mike Darancette

Well, the best small-town celebration I ever experienced was with Becky and Laurie at the shores of Pattagansett Lake in Flanders, Conn., on hazy and humid Fourth of July. Lots of fireworks, many displays that caused the assembled crowd to go "ooh" and "ahh," and skinnydipping. :) No crowds, either. Great parking. Wonderful fireflies. Outstanding sunrise.


32 posted on 07/03/2004 3:33:16 PM PDT by redpoll (redpoll)
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To: buccaneer81

Thats cool.....my parents live near Beechwood Trails....my wife is near there too at the moment...


33 posted on 07/03/2004 4:06:13 PM PDT by MikefromOhio (Kerry renames the US The People's Republic of America)
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To: Old Sarge

Thank you for your service


34 posted on 07/03/2004 5:13:37 PM PDT by UB355
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To: river rat

"What is a PATRIOT?"
PATRIOTS are not "Revolutionaries" trying to overthrow the government of the United States.

PATRIOTS are "Counter-Revolutionaries" trying to prevent the government of the United States from overthrowing the Constitution of the United States. - Unknown Author


35 posted on 07/04/2004 4:07:29 AM PDT by B4Ranch (We're going to take things away from you (guns) on behalf of the common good." Hillary 6/29/2004)
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