We had such a great 4th of July this year! It's not often that we get to spend the holiday at home, so just being in the good ol' U.S. of A. made the day extra special to begin with. We started the day with a neighborhood parade not far from our parent's house. It was the perfect first parade for Kaitlyn! It lasted about 30 minutes, had just enough excitement to keep her interested and there were lots of kids. We really felt like we were in a completely different city. It had a very "small-town" feel and we loved it.
Many of the floats threw candy, beads and toys to the crowd. We especially liked the ones that threw popsicles!
After the parade, we came home and everyone enjoyed a much needed nap. We then stuffed our faces with some delicious traditional 4th of July foods, then it was time for a dip in the pool. Kaitlyn's Auntie Di bought her this adorable, festive tankini.
We decided in advance that we wouldn't keep Kaitlyn up to watch fireworks. With many of the firework displays not starting until 9p.m., it would be well past her bedtime and it really wouldn't appreciate it at this age, anyway. We bought a $10 bag of explosives from a street vendor and took her outside after dinner to set them off.
It was still very light outside so it was hard to get the full effect. She seemed interested in the sparks and noises she could see and hear, but it was more of a concerned interest as opposed to excitement.