Just curious on what others experience on this day. Despite being grumpy that I can’t set off my own fireworks this year (ok, really I don’t want to burn down the neighborhood in this drought) I think my town does a pretty good job. We’re a suburb of Indy and this holiday always reminds me of the fact that we are still a small town in Indiana (and I love that).
We have a parade starting in about an hour. There will be marching bands from some of the surrounding areas… probably the Indy Police Motorcycle drill team, some church groups, a couple of big fire trucks, some third shift TV weather people and such, several politicians, Cub Scout troupes with their bikes decorated in streamers, and probably some area car clubs driving their Corvettes or Jags. All of which will be throwing candy to the kids, who if they have any experience will bring their bags to fill up will loot (my kids used to bring home three full bags of mostly candy, a few pencils, maybe a mini Frisbee or two, and some flyers for a local gymnastics class). People stake out spots along the route the night before… I drove by last night and the entire street was lined with folding chairs and blankets.
Starting yesterday evening we have a mini fair with music running on a few stages. The main one is the gazebo by the courthouse where people will put out blankets and spend the day. Typical fair food… corn dogs, roasted corn on the cob, elephant ears, Italian sausage, some really bad pizza, and some really good (Bella’s). Civil War re-enactors have a camp set up. The Blue Monkey Sideshow will perform on one of the outer stages (typical “freak” acts… tons of fun). There is an area with games for the kids… bouncy houses, bungie trampolines, ring tosses, those types of things. My teens spent several hours there yesterday and probably will again today, and my wife and I will probably join them today. It is the place to go if you are a kid or have kids (and everyone else who likes to have fun)… very social, very safe, and very well run.
Finally, there is the fireworks display. We always leave the festival early so we can get home in time to blow our own stuff up… which won’t happen this year, and haul our chairs, a cooler, and a boom box to the grassy area along with several dozen of our neighbors to get a great view and not have to fight the traffic to get home.
So, how about you… what does your community do for the 4th? (obviously geared to US dopers).