Happy Birthday, USA! In MI Town we're enjoying the annual celebration known as Western Days, where our homes are filled with friends and family members as we celebrate Independence Day.
Main Street Park in Monmouth is transformed into a marketplace with booths and displays and something for everyone. Independence's Riverview Park is ready for the annual fireworks display, and we'll be waiting for the sun to go down and the celebration to begin.
Our appetites are ready for the fireman's breakfast first thing in the morning, where we'll meet and greet friends and neighbors for some good conversation and a hearty breakfast. What a wonderful opportunity to show everyone our excellent fire station where a great group of friends and neighbors protect us in case of emergency.
Over the years, I've watched and participated in parades in small towns and metropolitan cities from coast to coast, and absolutely nothing comes close to MI Town's annual Fourth of July celebration. There is nothing quite like this parade for the sheer joy and fun of seeing our friends and neighbors share in the happiness of honoring our great nation's birthday.
Western Days give us an opportunity to share in the very best MI Town can be - and to spend a couple of days showing friends, family and neighbors what truly constitutes the good life.
Saturday morning gives us another opportunity to enjoy the monthly breakfast at the Monmouth Senior Center where friendly faces and good food combine for a happy and pleasant morning. It's a good way to begin a busy day. and the proceeds go to help provide programs for our local seniors.
If you still have visitors in town from the celebrations, why not give the cook the morning off and share in another community tradition?
The Independence and Monmouth libraries are both busy with summer programs for children and teens, and it's not too late to get involved in the opportunity to win some really cool prizes. Lots of good activities are going on, including movies and special events.
We just returned from a few days in Seattle, where Don's beloved Red Sox lost three games to the Mariners. Traveling via Amtrak is wonderful, without the hassle of driving and parking. Our hotel and the ballpark were within walking distance of the train station.
We visited Pike Place Public Market and enjoyed some great international foods as well.
But as always we were happy to be back home in MI Town where our dogs and cat welcomed us with open paws and wagging tails. It's always so much fun to visit other places and see interesting things - and to remind us that there really is no place like home!