I have been to many 4th of July celebrations over the years. Some were huge with choreographed music. Others were a few sparklers in the back yard. They all have their own sense of special, but how does a small farming town celebrate the 4th?
As you may know we now live in Grantsville, Utah. It is a small farming town about 20 miles west of Salt Lake City. The whole town has but one stop light. The biggest retailer is a small family grocery store. You could walk from one end of town to the other in about an hour. Grantsville is small.
But small is beautiful. Because our house is on a side street from the center of the town, we were able to walk to the Grantsville parade. For sure it wasn’t the biggest 4th of July parade. On the other hand it was a three minute walk out our front door. There were plenty of people, but it wasn’t crowded. There was plenty of room to enjoy the parade.
The fireworks display was similar, but for it we just had to go to our backyard. I am sure bigger cities have much bigger fireworks, but then you are watching from miles away. From our house to the park where they were shooting off the fireworks was about a 15 minute walk. As the crow flies it was about a 1/10 of a mile. We were close. So close that you really heard the bang when they went off.
So what we lacked in size we made up for by being in close and personal to all of the action. It was great!