Over the years, I've experienced a lot of different Independence Day celebrations, from small town gatherings in the northwoods of Wisconsin with cake walks and bobber races to the all-out gala of the fireworks on the promenade with the Boston Pops. From large to small, in every one of these celebrations the best part is seeing people coming together to celebrate their American pride.
This year, my sister and her family invited me to join them for their town's July 4th Parade. The celebration in Delavan, Wisconsin was filled with delightful small town charm.. Flags and flowers decorated each streetlamp along the brick-paved downtown street. Children dressed in red, white and blue filled bags with candy as it was tossed from floats. Fire engines, classic cars, tractors and floats were followed by parades, horses, bikes and bands.
One of the most touching moments came when members of the town's Hispanic community marched jubilantly down the street. Their pride in being part of this country radiated from every one of them. As the came to the center of town, they released the red, white and balloons they were carrying into the sky. If was a fitting tribute to their soaring spirits.
The entire afternoon reminded me how blessed I am...to be part of this great country and to have a wonderful family to spend special moments with.