Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Fourth of July Festivities

The fourth in Belgrade is full of fun.  We got lunch from vendors in the village, stopped for ice cream, saw a neat art exhibit, and toured the new conservation building.  After waiting out the rain and hail storm back at the house we had to hurry to make it down to the parade.  The staging area for the parade was by our road so as we rushed to get to the bridge to watch we actually became part of the parade and got lots of goodies thrown at us from the kids waiting on the floats.  This little girl scout was my favorite.  She ran up to me and said "excuse me, would you like a popsicle?"  I never turn down a blue freeze pop, especially from this cutie.
The little Daisy in her pink sneaks handing out popsicles
The parade is fun and anyone can join in.  Not only did we make out with popsicles, candy, and keychains, but one float representing a farm threw out peas!  Here were some of the things we saw:
Festive kids on bikes
Festive kid in a wagon
A kayak float
Old cars
Little cars 

An old lady skipping along!
Dressed up geese
Spectators watching from their boats
After all that we had the perfect fourth of July dinner featuring Maine lobster- yummmmy!
Hello dinner
It was a little more work than usual since this guy wasn't a soft shell and we didn't have lobster crackers up at the lake.  We resorted to using scissors to get into the claws and with a little muscle power we all got to eat our lobsters.  When it got dark we headed to the fireworks on Long Pond.  Without being able to watch by boat we had to find a spot on a crowded point.  The only spot open when we got there was between two cars so we stood in a line and joked about how a tree was going to block our view.  That turned out to be a reality so we sneaked over and stood in the last row up against the building.  Well the air conditioning unit was right there and it was blowing out hot stinky air.  My sis and I then hurried and sat a few rows up where there was some room in the grass.  Bad decision, very bad decision.  The stench over there was overwhelmingly horrible.  It came in waves and had both of us dying with laughter.  Even better was a little girl behind us who complained during the whole thing.  "The fireworks are too loud" and "the fireworks are too bright".  Then some kids came out of the icecream shop and one of them whispered, "it smells strange over here" and the little girl chimed in "the fireworks are soooooo long".  I've never laughed so hard during a fireworks show, even though the actual show was really good.  I hope you all had a fun and festive fourth as well.

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