The 4th of July is famous for two things in Columbus, Ohio: fireworks and the Doo-Dah Parade.
It rained most of the day on the 3rd; and it was raining when we woke up on the 4th. Tyler was extremely disappointed, convinced that the fireworks would be cancelled and that she'd have to wait another whole year to see them. The rain rain tapered to an occasional drizzle by lunch time, and the sun even came out for the parade.
The parade was fairly tame this year. Perhaps the most satirical group were the Border Patrol
people (though I especially liked the
Iraqi Iranian Mobile WMD Lab
!). There wasn't a single float that really "wow"ed us in any way. They were mostly entertaining, but not remarkable. I can recall Doo-Dahs from years past that were really over the top, with some jaw-droppingly funny presentations.
The Marching Fidels were present, as always.
See all my Doo-Dah Parade photos at Flickr.
After the parade we all took a nap, conserving energy for the long night ahead. The rain started up again around 8, leading us all to wonder whether the Whetstone fireworks would be cancelled. Thankfully they weren't, so we walked from dad's house to the park and enjoyed the show. Carina took a bunch of photos of the fireworks.
I hope everyone else had a safe and happy Fourth of July, too!