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We had an absolute blast on the Fourth of July this year. We decided not to over plan this year and I’m so happy that we did. There was no way in 100+ degree heat, 6 months pregnant, with a 3-year-old and a 1-year-old was down for an adventure.
Red, White, and Boom McKinney Fourth of July Parade
We started the day off at the Red, White, and Boom McKinney Parade. It definitely did not disappoint. It was absolutely perfect for little ones. We were able to grab a spot in the first row which was huge since my little ones wanted to stand on their own and they wouldn’t have been able to see otherwise.
There were floats made by the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and various local churches. It was a kick to see the little kids dressed like George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, even a little Betsy Ross! Some of the coolest classic cars brought the National Spelling Bee champion, mayor, and various councilmen down Main Street. My sons got a real kick out of the marching band, police motorcycle cruisers, and mounted police. Add in some firetrucks and you really couldn’t ask for anything else to delight a little boy!
Poolside on the Fourth of July
Instead of hanging around downtown after the parade we fled to our community pool. We seriously have the best one. It’s big, beautiful, clean and has a large playground. Best of all, it is almost always empty. I have no idea why, but there is never more than 1 or 2 other people there when we go. It was deserted when we got there. So the Gilbert clan had an olympic sized pool all to themselves on the Fourth of July.
And Sometimes Home is the Best Place to Be
After the usual post swimming craziness (seriously, lunch, bath time, showers, and 2 loads of laundry every time) we just spent the rest of the afternoon at home. The boys took a super long nap which means so did Steve and I. Then we ate dinner out in the backyard with Neil McCoy radio blasting. Hot Dogs, Bratwurst, and Cheeseburgers. It was the absolute best way to end a relaxing Independence Day.
How did you spend your Independence Day?