I hope you enjoyed the fireworks I posted on my blog yesterday. I know it is only a month late but better late than never, right? Now let's go back in time even further. The morning of July 4th we headed into Milton, our soon to be home town for the festivities.
Railroad bridge on the Blackwater River.
The Blackwater Pyrates were holding their annual rubber duck race. We should have bought one. The winning prize was $1500. But we didn't buy one, so we just enjoyed the race and all it's silliness.
Great Mill Town Duck Race
Pyrates in the Blackwater River scooping up ducks.
Costumed duck race judge.
Pyrate flag (from the reverse side).
We then went on a stroll through town and along the river. It was just your typical lazy afternoon. Everyone had a smile on their faces other than a few small "Mommy I am hungry" or "Honey can we fund a place to get some Coke" from me and the kids.
A turtle in the Blackwater River
House boat on the Blackwater River.
A mysterious gated wall. I wonder what is on the other side?
An interesting weather vane.
Below is a side photo of the Imogene Theater. It has quite a history in Milton and has definitely had its ups and downs. It was built in 1912 and has been open off and on for various purposes. Most recently, in 2009, it had suffered damages from a fire that destroyed other buildings. It is currently being renovated with hopes to be open in 2011. For more information, check out the web site: http://santarosahistoricalsociety.com/imogene.htm
We also went to the Veterans' Memorial where they were having July 4th services.
US Navy Sea Cadets were the flag bearers. (These are kids between 11-17 years old)
"Fallen Not Forgotten"
US Navy Blue Angels perform a fly over. There will be more information on them in a later post.
Next up was the kids area. This was the mother of all inflatable slides. It was bouncy and wet! And it only cost $1 per kid. How cool is that?
The Wild Rapids slide.
Finally it was time to find our spots for the fireworks. We found a place right next to the gazebo on the river walk. We got there just in time to hear this steel drum band. This was comprised of youth from a local church. These kids were fabulous and the boys just loved it!
Steel Drum Band
Big Boy and Boy 2 getting tips on how to play the drums.
Boy 2 listening to the band.
Boy 2 and Big Boy
Yours Truly listening to the band. Yep, I gave up control of my camera to my husband.
Since Boy 1 was not cooperating with me taking his photo, I was sneaky and shot this video of him rocking out. There is a bit of fuzziness to the audio because we were very close to the band.