Sorry I didn’t wish you a happy 4th yesterday, but I got caught up in the festivities. Matt and I were awakened early by a squirmy baby boy. After we dragged ourselves out of bed we went for a short run. A quick shower later we were heading out the door to see our first Independence Day Parade since we lived in Bar Harbor.
There were three different bagpipe bands playing the various military theme songs
The boys really liked the “train truck”
Emma loved the cowboy ;)
Spencer was upset for some reason… I can’t remember why but I loved the face.
Henry wasn’t too impressed with the whole ordeal.
In addition to throwing out candy, they handed out otter-pops… BRILLIANT! It was SO hot!
Stress balls and hacky sacks were also tossed into the crowd.
And the firemen sprayed us with water :)
A real ice cream truck! I’ve seen it driving around town.
After the parade we stopped at home for a quick lunch and then headed out to the town green to hear the reading of the Declaration of Independence.
The park rangers and historical society were all dressed up in historical clothing and responded to the lively reading with “Hazzah!”, “Down with the king!”, and “Death to Tyranny!” I LOVED it!
The boys listened to the reading as well as could be expected (aka. not at all).
It was really hot and I’m fairly certain that I enjoyed the reading the most.
Though the kids had the parade candy to keep them occupied for at least a while.
Lucy was too hot to enjoy much of anything at this point.
Henry was happy as long as he had his
We all got a small slice of “birthday” cake and went off to enjoy the other festivities. They had some costumes and photo props for the kiddos
The rangers handed kids wooden muskets for some militia training.
Seeing Spencer stand at attention was so cute!
And seeing Jack try and copy what the big kids were doing was beyond adorable!
I’d like to think the ranger was suitably impressed with him even though he is small in stature.
He would bark orders like “About face!” and showed them how to load their muskets. After every order he would walk around and correct their form. You could tell that he knew how to work with the kids.
I just love Spencer’s face
When “militia training” was finished we walked around the green to see the statues.
This is of George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and The Marquis de Lafayette.
This statue is a tribute to the families of the soldiers who stayed and fought at home while their husbands, fathers, and sons went way to war.
The base of the family tribute statue is a beautiful water fountain.
We rounded out the day by visiting the graveyard of the Revolutionary War soldiers and their families.
We are so blessed to live in such a country and an area that holds so much of it’s history. Happy Independence day!