With the feeling of a family reunion in a fair atmosphere, the members of the South Riding community came together on Friday, July 1 to celebrate our nation’s birthday.
The whole celebration was very family-oriented and had something for everyone. Many started to gather at 6 p.m., bringing lawn chairs or picnic blankets and toting a cooler, but the crowd really came in force half an hour later, when the neighborhood children paraded by, sporting their red, white and blue.
People wandered about between booths of various types of food typically found at a fair: everything from a fish fry to hamburgers to funnel cake and fried oreos; all free of charge. For an $8 ticket, children could scramble over a rock wall, hop in moonbounces and try to soak the unfortunate person sitting over the dunk tank.
Meanwhile, parents relaxed on the lawn, listening to a band decked out in red, white and blue playing lots of upbeat, classic rock covers as well as, of course, those patriotic tunes we all know and love.
As the evening cooled off, faces turned toward the darkening sky. The fabulous fireworks burst in a glittering display, and encouraged us to remember and appreciate our independence this 4th of July.