Here is a quick recap on our Fourth of July celebration:
We started the day enjoying the parade. Most of the parade entries threw candy to the children. Because there were no other kids sitting near us, Porter and Eliza came away with quite a candy stash.
After a lazy afternoon, we headed to Springdale to enjoy the best small town Fourth of July celebration in the nation, maybe even in the world. We enjoyed a barbecue provided by Chief Wright. Porter and Eliza played at the playground. Then we staked out our spot on the softball field to watch the fireworks.
The skydiver landed right next to us (Eliza was concerned that he was going to land on us - but he didn't).
We purchased glow sticks for Porter and Eliza. Then Tom's friend, Matt, bought three more and gave them to the children. We discovered a fun photographic trick using the glow sticks.
Porter's soon to be Kindergarten teacher (Becky Barker, as Porter informed us) sang the National Anthem. A nice dramatic touch was a solitary firework ignited as she sang the phrase, "...and the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air..." After the singing, the fireworks began in earnest.
An errant spark from the first batch of fireworks ignited a small brush fire on the hillside. Fortunately, the Rockville/Springdale Fire Protection District was positioned around the firework area to contain the fire.
Due to the unusually dry conditions and heavy winds, the small fire quickly became a big blaze.
The fireworks show was cut short, and spectators asked to orderly and calmly leave the area. Interestingly, Porter and Eliza were terrified of the fireworks, but not at all of the raging blaze. All in all it was a fun and memorable Fourth of July.