Parades, sparklers, delicious food, and cookouts...what's not to love?
Growing up in a small town, I knew that July 4th would always include its traditions. In my small town, there would always be the Little Mr. and Miss Firecracker competition, the free concert held in our park, and the American Legion pancake breakfast all held for community members to attend.
Let's not forget the bell-ringing ceremony that takes place year after year to honor our country, as well as to take pride in our community. To wrap up this fun holiday, fireworks are always held at the county airport, which also involves vendors and all of their yummy food & drinks.
Oh goodness, and who can forget our annual bubble pit at the park for children of all ages to play in? My point is that my small town may not have the biggest firework show, and we may not attract thousands upon thousands of people with our Red, White, and Blue Days festivities, but I wouldn't have it any other way. I love our traditions because they embody our community, and I think the activities surrounding July 4th remind us all of our childhood.
Small town traditions for July 4th makes each of us appreciate going to a larger community for their own traditions. However, when I have celebrated the 4th in a larger community, I miss the small town traditions I've grown to love.
So, on this July 4th, show some excitement about attending that free concert, and go ahead, splurge a little! Enjoy the parade, the water & popsicles given to you, and say thank you when someone hands you that tenth brochure. Smile at the pageant girls who are walking (or jogging) by, trying to hand out hundreds of fair flyers without falling behind. Take a moment to appreciate those little kids eager for candy and excited to play in the bubble pit, because one day, they'll grow up and realize how great their community is when it comes to small town traditions for July 4th.