TheAspenStand: Celebrating A Patriotic Theme Leading Up to July Fourth

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Celebrating A Patriotic Theme Leading Up to July Fourth

Living in a small community has it's perks. Like an annual Independence Day parade.

I had been lost in the month of June when I drove up to collect our mail and saw the banner at our all in one local mercantile, post office and gas station. It reminded me we were fast approaching the much celebrated local July 4th parade.

Our little community of approximately 1200 residents swells with seasonal residents escaping the summer heat of Phoenix. We may be a small community but WE have a Facebook Group. I noticed the group has been buzzing about the July 4th chili cook-off in between the occasional announcements of loose livestock roaming the neighborhoods, the offering of free animals, garage sales and other exciting small town news.

Three Chances At A Down Home Community Parade

Our community parade is one of three in the local area that we can attend in one day so if you miss one you still have a chance. We have a favorite spot to watch from our ATVs near the end of the route and across from the historic General Store where the parade route turns for the finale up the road at the local elementary school. Pre-parade a local DJ blasts music in front of that historic General Store on Old US Route 66 which I wrote about in a past post. The parade generally doesn't start on time and will last only an exciting 15 minutes but never lacks for unique. There are antique cars, live stock, firefighters and the fun patriotic homemade floats. We love helping the youngsters around us pick up candy thrown from the revelers on the floats. For them it's also like Halloween with candy galore.

July is around our monsoon season start so we are well aware of building clouds around parade time. I still laugh about the year we made a mad dash home as a rain/hail storm moved in right at the end of the parade.

In Keeping with the Patriotic Spirit

With the holiday closing in, I decided to share some of the United States history related mouse pads with the post. These mouse pads might make great back to school ideas with a little Americana added to each. 

Preamble to the US Constitution Mousepads by Exit178

This mouse pad above is designed with a close up photograph on the grain of cracked stained cedar wood under a diminished opacity unfurled United States flag that serves as the background for the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States. 

A dreamy photograph of a northern Arizona prairie at sunset after a monsoon storm adorns the background of this mouse pad above. The template text is the first verse of America the Beautiful which you can remove or put something you would like in it's place. 
American Flag Over High Desert Mouse Pad
American Flag Over High Desert Mouse Pad by Exit178

This mouse pad above features a photograph of the flag of the United States of America unfurled in the wind over the high desert in Prescott,  Arizona.  The Pledge of Allegiance is written into the sky above the flag. The template text is the verse adopted in 1954 at the encouragement of President Dwight D. Eisenhower when "under God" was added. You can remove or change the text to something you like.

What is your favorite Independence Day activity?

Thanks for taking the time to stop by. I'd love to hear your comments and have you share the post with someone who will enjoy it. 



  1. Awww, that's awesome Patricia... and surely one of the great things about being in really really rural areas... never thought about it... but sounds wonderful.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Kristen. Yea, I wouldn't move again. Hope you have a great July 4th celebration. I know they must have some great celebrations in Texas.

  2. I love watching fireworks, last 4th I got into a car accident so this year will be better I am sure!

    1. Oh dear. I hope you had a much better 4th this year Indira.


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