TOTD 2018-7-4: Independence Day Memories

My mom told me a long time ago they went to the US consulate in Kobe, Japan on July 4th. What she remembered was having Coca-Cola. At that time that was special and hard to get in Japan in the early 1950s.

My memories of the Fourth were of an airshow followed by fireworks over a bay. We could see it from our house. We lived up the hill from the water. (Is being a mile away considered beachfront?) One year a man in an experimental plane died in a crash.

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  1. I lived in an outer suburb of Nashville for several years, within easy driving distance of four major fireworks displays for Independence Day.  But my favorite event was always the local parade, which was held at 9:00 am on the Saturday morning preceding the 4th of July.  It was just us.  The volunteer fire department led with a fire engine, and then several of our car aficionados drove antiques.   Interspersed with them were Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts on their decorated bicycles, a couple of floats by area businesses, and couple of convertibles with our oldest veterans in uniform.   At the end there were several guys with antique farm tractors, which was really appropriate since we ended up at the local farmers’ market.   Most of the onlookers picked up and joined, following along.   It was a short parade, but it was a delightful celebration of America and American spirit.

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