Our 4th of July celebration would not be complete without a stop at the Amherst parade where you won’t find anymore of a hometown feel anywhere else in the nation. Amherst is the epitome of early America and the village boast patriotic homes and churches that date back to the early 1700’s. Where else would you celebrate with that much early American heritage?
My talented friend Alyson, who lives in the village, snapped this photo of one of the houses on instagram and I think she should make it into a postcard. I just love what she captured and I love Amherst year round. Great job Alyson! I think I would have moved there if I would have known 11 years ago how much I would love it.
The day started like this. My husband shuffled everyone out the door with more passion than usual and a hint of aggressiveness as he panicked we would miss it.
“No need to worry,” I say, we get there at 10:10, exactly 10 minutes late, park at our same spot at that gas station that we have every year and walk right down the street and plop our lawn chairs down in our exact location we have been sitting for years.
Don’t worry this isn’t the Rose Bowl Parade or the 4th of July Parade you are accustomed to in Utah where big floats and queens adore the landscape.
But what you do get is your Revolutionary War fanatics, which is my favorite part, your small cars and a slew of politicians walking the root. This parade draws the biggest candidates in the nation.
Here is Elizabeth with Ovide who is running for Govenor.
And what would this parade be like without all of the Scottish Bagpipers..this is practically Edinburgh here.
This parade is definitely one of our favorite family traditions!