Day 2916 – How We Spent Our 4th

What a great July 4th! We’ve lived in the Ellicott City/Catonsville area for over two years, but we’ve never participated in the Catonsville parade and fireworks. Yesterday, we did. We decided to walk to everything since it was close enough that it made sense, and not too far that driving was required. I’m SO glad we walked! Even though it was hot, and we were sweat drenched when we got home, it was great.

We settled in on the lawn of Bret’s school for the parade. Even though we didn’t save our seats, we got a great spot….in the shade no less! There we so many great marching bands and folks in the parade. We got some cool freebies too.

The sign on this car says “Random Person(s) Picked From Parade Route – Cheer Loudly!”

After the parade, we decided to walk down to the highschool where the fireworks were taking place. We waited about 4 hours, chatted with others, enjoyed some great food from the food trucks, and all around relaxed.

I wasn’t sure what type of firework display we’d see, but friends, it was AMAZING! One of the better shows I’ve seen…..and I’ve seen some great fireworks. I only took one photo, because I wanted to actually sit back and enjoy. It was so great to do that. During the finale, you could feel the joy of the crowd – the oooos and ahhhs, the shouts of YEA! and the clapping afterwards. It was a little surreal. I thought – I am sitting with a ton of people (and I’m pretty sure there were thousands, all told on all of the various spots around the school property), and at this moment, most of them are so happy watching this cool thing. That kind of thing doesn’t happen too often.

What did you do for the 4th? Let me know below!

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I started this blog in April of 2011. At the time, Bret and I were wedding photographers and it was a way to share how marriage is more about the day to day and so much more than the wedding day itself. For about 5 years, I blogged about the joys and sorrows of the Christian walk, marriage, work, family and friends. I’ve blogged every day since a few weeks after I started. In May of 2015, we photographed our last wedding. Now, I have become passionate about simplicity, particularly in marriage, Christianity, business, travel and life. For a number of reasons, we have become minimalists. I’ve found that having simplicity makes life so much deeper, refreshing and joyful. I hope that this blog will help others see the benefits of living simply.

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