The next morning - the Fourth - started early. We were on our way to The Woodlands for the parade by around 7:00 a.m. That got us there early enough to get a nearby parking place, and to set up "camp" at a perfect spot along the parade route.
After awhile some street performers arrived, which helped keep us entertained until the beginning of the parade. Clara got a glittery star stamped onto her sweet face.
And both children got balloon animals -- a ladybug for Clara and a giraffe for Robert.
All sorts of people (and superheroes) showed up!
The kids got a little weary with waiting for the parade to begin.
But, FINALLY, it started, with marching bands, horses, floats, boy scouts, girl scouts and tributes to the military. It was a first-class celebration of America's independence.
After the parade we went back to Chris and Kelsey's place for a little lunch, and then we all took afternoon naps. Aaaah!
Late that afternoon Chris threw burgers and brats onto the grill and friends came over to share a backyard meal.
Robert had the right idea for cooling off.
A Fourth of July celebration wouldn't be a proper celebration without fireworks, so I'll post my fireworks pictures in the next post.