Welcome everyone to my town... Here is a view of the city center right before the parade started on July 4th, 2009.
My town, which we will keep a secret, hosts the largest fireworks display for probably all of south central KS.
This is a very big deal, because we are so close to very large metro cities and we only number about 900 people.
Everyone in my town is has gone to this celebration all there life. It's like Christmas to us. We take it very seriously.
At the fireworks this year, the announcer told us that one of our oldest citizens told him that she had gone to every celebration for 92 years.
That's some pretty serious stuff.
Here are the kids getting ready for the parade to start. They kept walking out in the middle of the road to look for the police car.. the offical start to the parade!
This is Kenny. He is my town's version of the character "Radio" from the movie with Cuba Gooding. Don't think I am making fun, cause I am not. Kenny is about the single most raddest dude in our town. He is the nicest, sweetest, most kind hearted person. AND HE LOVES our town. He's the president of the Booster Club, the lead recycler in the county. All day he rides around looking for cans and rocks out to his awesome stereo.
I love Kenny. Here is my momma's Red Hat Club float. They worked SOOO hard on there float this year in order to get 1st place in the parade for the float's division. They were the ONLY float this year and got 3rd.. HOW DOES THAT WORK?? (that's my momma standing at the very top waving) Finally it's time to head down for the fireworks at the football
We kinda got there a little too early.. but there was great music, good friends and we occupied our time taking pictures of ourselves! Everyone was waiting and mingling with people we hadn't seen all year long! THE FIREWORKS ARE STARTING!!! The fireworks display is all done by donation. The planning takes all year to complete. It's a huge production and the pryo is actually done by people from my town. It's a tradition thats passed down alot of generations!
This is one of the first "set pieces" of Niagra Falls. My town is one of the only cities in the state who still does set fireworks pieces in there shows. They are worked on and built by volunteers and take about 2 months to complete.
Statue of Liberty! With rad fireworks shooting out the top of her flame thingy!