I love celebrating holidays in a small town. When the center of town is lined with flags and everyone knows everyone else. The Chippewa Lake, Ohio Independence day parade is like a classic example of Americana. I knew most of the people watching the parade and most of the people in the parade (my sister's in the marching band).
There was an adorable little girl standing next to me who wasn't as fast as the older kids when it came to gathering candy, so I helped her out.
Spent the evening at a barbecue with cousins and more 4th of July wonderfulness. S'mores, hot dogs, sparklers, lightening bugs, fireworks. It was a lovely day.