I love the 4th of July in Ashland - it's the liveliest day of the year in this town, and the parade & fireworks never fail to entertain.
Unfortunately, the parade has some pacing issues. Namely, the five block gaps between floats.
Sitting down in the east end this year, I suddenly realized hey, that's why they have so many bars on that side of town - they have to have something to do while they wait for parades to go by.
Some of the floats were really imaginative.
Some were not.
And some had just run out of steam by the time they got to the end of the parade route.
Buck up, kids. It's almost over. And if you move fast, you can run back along the parade route and do this:
"You get to drink from...THE FIRE HOSE!!!"
The fireworks were pretty awesome, too, particularly because we wound up sitting next to a bunch of little kids who were oscillating wildly between being ecstatic about the fireworks, and claiming to be terrified of them. "AHHH! Fireworks are CREEPY!" "Dude, I want to marry fireworks."
The best part was waiting for the grand finale. "Is this it? Is this it?" No...wait for it. Just wait. You'll know it when you see it.
See? That's it.