Ah...the 4th of July. My second favorite holiday. And what's not to love? Parades. Marching Bands. Jessie White Tumblers. Fireworks. Trying to photograph said fireworks. BBQ. Warm nights. Fireflies. Family time. For a long time, my husband was never home on that day. As a former police officer, he was always working. I love that he's home now to celebrate with us. Chicagoland is filled with festivities. Find your local hangout. Bring some chairs and/or a blanket, and enjoy the show! Also, if getting out to see fireworks on the fourth seems daunting, just remember you can see them every Wednesday and Saturday down at Navy Pier.
This year, we will be watching the parade in Arlington Heights, Illinois. My daughter, Alayna, will be marching to promote her show, Hairspray, in which she plays Penny. It's produced by St. James Theater, located in Arlington Heights. St. James parish hosts a community theater musical every summer. A few summers ago, my son, Aaron, walked with the troupe to promote Oliver.
Here's a look at a last of our few Independence Day celebrations. What are you going to do today?
Hamilton? Is that you?
Politicians are out in full force on parade day. Honest Abe is out marching and my son, Alex, took a selfie with him.
Marching bands. Drill teams. Flag bearers. Bring on the John Phillip Sousa!
That saxophone is as big as he is! How does he march with that?
This dancer from Proviso West was killer! Her face is fierce and determined!
This flag girl from the Prospect Marching Knights was in perfect time with her bandmates.
Santa, is that you? Is this what you do in the summer?
My husband and so many of his friends are Shriners. I love the charitable work they do. You can find out more about their hospitals and programs offered by visiting their site at the Shriners HQ.
Sometimes we get to see familiar faces.
Sometimes they see you back!
Dressing up is half the fun!
But when all in said and done, the fireworks are THE BEST part of the day.
Have a happy and safe 4th of July.