I kept hearing from everyone we met over the past couple of weeks, "Oh, just wait until the 4th of July! You are in for a treat!" And boy were we! The activities and food were built right in and amazingly, it was all volunteer-driven by the neighborhood.
The fun kicked off Friday night with an adult social complete with kegs of beer, wine and jello shots followed by a Lip Sync contest. And they are not playing around with amateur night, oh no! Amy Winehouse was done beautifully by a British guy dressed the part.
Saturday's lineup of activities included: fishing derby, animal show, bingo, sail boat races, home run derby, cart races, a basketball shootout and two bands. We showed up for the animal show first thing in the morning.
Sunday's lineup of activities included pony rides, face painting, swim races, bingo, sand castle contest, tug-o-war, kayak/canoe races, youth talent show and more bands.
We got in the line for the face painting and pony rides first thing. Lucy couldn't decide between a lion or spiderman.
And there is waving...lots of waving...when you drive or walk past someone. Everybody waves, including the kids. Both the girls kept asking, "Why does everyone keep waving at us? Do we know them?" which cracked me up because growing up in a small Southern town, it was common for people to give a friendly wave as you passed by.
Anyway, back to the races...this pic shows the racers coming back from around the island that is that group of trees in the center of the photo.
Today was the culmination of the weekend's events and included a parade, a flag ceremony with the pledge of allegiance and national anthem, pancake (and bloody mary or mimosa!) breakfast, more music and a volleyball and tennis tournament in the afternoon. Kate and Lucy wanted to march in the parade so we taped some flags to their scooters and sent them off.
All this fresh air and new activities have certainly been good for our little family. We are feeling very fortunate this year and hope you all had a great holiday as well.