Happy Independence Day!

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I think it’s really important that we remember our American history and I have included a link that helps explain to children what this holiday is all about. I remember when I was a young mother, stuff our neighborhood always had a parade for the children, every 4th of July. My son, Billy, always got so excited in anticipation of the parade. He and his childhood friends, would get together and decorate their bikes with red and white crepe paper and American flags. He enjoyed his little bike ride through the neighborhood so much and all the parents loved watching as their children and friends rode by. Do they still do that? I hope so. Now that I think about it, I remember doing that too, when I was a little girl! Loved opening those red, white and blue, rolls of crepe paper! So, enjoy your holiday! Be safe, and don’t forget to visit me again. I’ll be waiting to hear from you! DON’T FORGET TO CLICK ON ALL THE HIGHLIGHTED WORDS!

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This water color of Lady Liberty is called Our Country Is Free. It was adapted from a 19th century Currier & Ives lithograph, reproduced done in water color on paper, painted in 1870.

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11 Responses to “Happy Independence Day!”

  1. Sylvia Anderson Says:

    Happy Independance Day to you too Carol! :)

  2. Louise Says:

    Hi Carole,
    I always enjoy reading your blog and today was a another specially one.
    I do miss the parades and block parties we had when the kids were little, and how excited they were about decorating their bikes for the parade.
    The pictures you posted are wonderful!
    Happy Independence Day!!!
    Louise

  3. Judy Says:

    Gosh…I just took a trip down “memory lane”…Thanks!! Growing up in town was great as we could walk to the Main Street to watch the parades – shame on me for not making a bigger deal for my children!! Gonna work on that for the grandbabies. Hugs to you!!

  4. Carole Says:

    Louise and Judy, Sylvia too. Thanks for stopping by. I am so glad that I brought back the memories of childhood 4th of July, they are good ones and I haven’t thought about them until this 4th popped up. Judy, yes, you had better work on that for your grandbabies! I do think decorating the bikes is one of my best memories as a child. Happy day. Louise, thank you for telling me how much you enjoy reading my blog, that makes me happy, I want everyone to feel that way.

  5. Jeannene Says:

    “OH Carole”…
    All your photo’s are so breathtaking and lovely. Your tribute to Independence day it absolutely wonderful!! I will be coming back over and reading this again…and again. I hope you and your family have a delightful 4th of July Celebration…I alway think of back East as one of the Main Settlements of that Time. California…well, i do feel (left out) Any Way I do love History, and US. History is so important!! Thank you for sharing your Tribute.

    Blessings to you,
    Jeannene

  6. Donna O'Brien- The Ribboned Crown Says:

    Absolutlely Beautiful- You’ve inspired me to put out my 4th of July things today! And I love to visit your blog, just for the music!! Donna

  7. Pam Says:

    OoooooooooooCarole! I love that Currier and Ives lady libby…..and the one in your garden too! Pam

  8. Carole Says:

    Hi Pam! Glad you enjoyed the pictures. I added some new ones. Hope you come back to see. It’s beautiful here at the beach! Hope you are still riding in your bikini!

  9. Carole Says:

    Donna, that makes me soooo happy knowing i inspired you to put your 4th of July things out!!! I love to inspire people and I try to do that on my site.

  10. Theresa Says:

    Hi Carole: thanks for stopping by. To enlarge photo’s on my blog, just click on them and that should make them bigger. If not, let me know. Happy 4th to you!

  11. Cookie Says:

    Carole,
    I love this post – so many traditions are getting lost and forgotten, including what Independence day is really all about! Many kids think its just a special day of the year to watch their dad’s turn into pyromaniacs :) (I’m speaking from experience lol)
    I adore the watercolor photo – and the display of flags – and what a perfect way to end the post with your patriotic garden lady! Just gorgeous.

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