Happy 4th July!!

So I made it back to Atlanta just in time for American Independence Day!! Yaaaaay! But the weather was not so great…Booooooo!!! I’m blaming this on Ma Cook…as soon as she landed in the ATL it started to rain and pretty much stuck all last week! Not good!

Aaaaanyway we are English and German and the weather was not going to stop us (and the rest of the American population!) from celebrating the 4th of July!! No, no, no, no, no! I was determined to celebrate our first Independence Day in Atlanta in style! And this meant fireworks and a fourth of July parade! Oh and I also did this to the fireplace…

Patriotic!

Patriotic!

Yep, we may not be American but we were very patriotic…that and I liked the decorations!!! Getting into the spirit of things and all that! So July 4th rolled around and we woke up to rain belting on the roof…great. This was not looking good at all! The parade started at 9am and finished around 10:30am on a 2 mile route. Surely the rain would allow us a little bit of parade pleasure? You’re hoping so too yes? Well guess what…it did!!

Suddenly I realised the rain had stopped, rounded up the troops to get up, showered and dressed in double-quick time and off we trotted (well drove, as we’ve already discovered you can’t get anywhere around here without a car!!) to the place where the Dunwoody parade would end…we should just make it in time to see the action! And we did!!! I was soooooo excited…the German gave me the ‘she’s a nutter’ look on many occasions!!!

The sea of red, white and blue started to head towards us with LOADS of happy Americans all shouting ‘Happy 4th!’ These people are VERY patriotic…it puts us Brits to shame! Even I’m guilty of not knowing exactly when St George’s day is! (I do now though, 23rd April! Yes I looked it up last Thursday!!) Back to the parade and this was the first thing we had the delight of seeing…

Patriotic lady on a horse!

Patriotic lady on a horse!

Yep you can imagine my excitement of seeing this!! Even the horse is patriotic with the red, white and blue sock things!! (I’m sure these have a technical term so sorry to any horsey people out there who know what it is!!) After this things just got better and better!! Huge red, white and blue floats came along, some with bands on, some with families on and some from churches like this one…

God Bless America!

God Bless America!

The parade was also a kind of big advert with stores like SportClips (a hairdressers for men that lets you watch sport whilst they cut your hair…the German is seriously considering checking that one out!) and Yogli Mogli frozen yoghurt heading through, along with people running in elections and school boards! There was also the fire department (I didn’t spot any hot firemen though!) and one of the big yellow school buses you see in the movies along with many an American flag…including one held by Mario and Luigi! This was a blatant advert for a plumbing company but if you ask me they did well…

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It was definitely a big mix of people and places! But by far my favourite, that ended up with me getting VERY excited and the German giving me the ‘you’re a nutter’ look again was the marching bands!!! Yep you heard it marching bands…plural!! Not just one but 2!! Now after watching many an American film and TV sitcom a marching band is something I’ve always wanted to see and it didn’t disappoint!! They were ACE!!!

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There were trumpets, trombones, drums, you name it they had it! And this one even played Britney’s Toxic!! Amazeballs! I think it was my favourite part of the parade!! Now before the parade even started the German was rattling on about candy and how he was looking forward to having candy thrown at him…but, in his words, he was disappointed with their efforts! They threw them towards the floor (probably a health and safety thing) and the German was not happy, he wanted to catch it! (Apparently at Carnival in Germany they throw it as high as possible into the air – he was hoping for this!) He also said they didn’t throw enough of it…he was victorious at one point though…

A happy German!

A happy German!

The parade ended and we headed home for some breakfast, just before the heavens opened again and the rain poured and I mean poured!!! Ma Cook couldn’t believe how heavy it was and how the gutters on the roofs couldn’t cope with the amount of water! So we holed ourselves up inside and played Monopoly, which I won!! YES!!!

Then thankfully the rain ended again and we ventured out for some food and to hopefully catch some fireworks, if the rain held off!! We headed to Buckhead in the hope of seeing the fireworks at the Lenox Mall, supposedly some of the best in Atlanta! We stopped off at the Buckhead Diner on the way to fill up with burgers (Yep another food reference!! They were good burgers too!) and then headed towards the mall…the weather was playing ball and it was still dry! Yaaaay! Fireworks are a must on 4th July!

Then they started…and they were big and VERY loud!!! Of course they were all red, white and blue with some even bursting out into star shapes!! Beautiful! Here’s a little pic for your enjoyment…

Ahhhhhhhh!

Ahhhhhhhh!

But sadly the weather decided not to play ball. You’re thinking I’m gonna say it rained yes? Well for once I’m not! Nope it didn’t rain but it was cloudy and the air was so muggy that once the fireworks had exploded the smoke didn’t clear and stuck in the air, covering the fireworks that followed. It meant after a while you couldn’t really see them…booooo! Stupid weather! But we still enjoyed them and got our piece of 4th July fireworks! I was a happy lady!!

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