the sundry colorful tales that compose our days.

we heart Sonoma: Fourth of July

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Even after eight years, the novelty of a Sonoma Fourth of July is as shiny and crisp as a the vintage red firetrucks in the parade.   We love: the buzz of people walking by with lawn chairs in hand on hot summer mornings, schizophrenic hometown bands, barbecue smoke encircling historic buildings, bicycles with streamers, recognizing nearly everyone in the parade, building up an appetite in the pool for grilled food, front yard firecrackers, glowing parties circling Vallejo’s field, blankets and bottle openers and glow necklaces in a dusky meadow and a fireworks show to use up a year’s worth of oohs and ahhs.

an “old timey” take on the parade:


(for a more surrealistic version of the video, go here)

Click through for photos . . .

Our day began with a cute, little girl crawling into bed with us in time to doze a bit before the parade.  Shortly, we’d dressed, filled our water bottles and saddled our bicycles.  Pulling out onto the street, passing by the stream of pedestrians and slow-moving cars, everyone heading in the same direction, we cut up to the bike path to avoid traffic.  This route takes us right into the heart of parade prep where we, bells ringing, navigate through the floats, classic cars and tuba players.  Then its down the block past the mimosa-sipping lawn partiers to the Plaza.

After suffering the intense sunshine and heat the first couple of years, we soon discovered a not-so-secret secret perch from where to watch our beloved Sonoma Hometown Fourth of July Parade: the second floor balcony of the historic Barracks which overlooks the beginning of the parade route.  Here, there is shade, few people, and an elevated view of the whole Plaza and parade.

Our afternoon was spent swimming in the pool, listening to some ’70s power pop and grilling on the patio with Mary and Karson.  As the sun set, we packed a few bottles of beer a few blankets and walked down the darkening street to Vallejo’s field where we found the perfect spot to set down our blankets, turn on Elliot’s glow necklace and wait for the show, which never fails to exceed expectations.

sleeping beauties, with visions of juggling unicyclers dancing in their heads.

sleeping beauties, with visions of juggling unicyclers dancing in their heads.

there's our not-so-secret secret perch, ready and waiting for us.

there's our not-so-secret secret perch, ready and waiting for us.

up to our not-so-secret secret perch.

up to our not-so-secret secret perch.

parade's about to start.

parade's about to start.

waving the green flag.

waving the green flag.

popcorn!

popcorn!

marty?

marty?

sometimes a leaf and red shoes are more interesting.

sometimes a leaf and red shoes are more interesting.

red truck.

red truck.

pretty girls.

pretty girls.

nice view, yes?

nice view, yes?

breakin' too.

electric boogaloo.

love it.

love it.

look: dragons!

look: dragons!

ahhhhhhh.

ahhhhhhh.

your guess is as good as mine.

your guess is as good as mine.

wayfarin'.

wayfarin'.

green firetruck? ok . . . ?

green firetruck? ok . . . ?

had to work my banners in here somehow . . . shameless . . .

had to work my banners in here somehow . . . shameless . . .

ppp (post parade pride.)

ppp (post parade pride.)

gulp gulp gulp.

glug glug glug.

ooooooh . . . vintagey . . . !

ooooooh . . . vintagey . . . !

flags here, flags there, flags everywhere.

flags here, flags there, flags everywhere.

father's day present, ready for use.

father's day present, ready for use.

crackin' good times.

crackin' good times.

oooooooo . . .

oooooooo . . .

uncle karson.

uncle karson.

The next day, we met our friend’s newborn daughter for the first time and then spent as much time outdoors and in the park as possible.

penelope!

penelope!

chase.

chase.

gotcha! sorta!

gotcha! sorta!

wouldn't be independece day in Sonoma without chickens.

the chickens are back!

going in one way . . .

going in one way . . .

. . . coming out the other.

. . . coming out the other.

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2 responses

  1. Hi

    I haven’t visited in awhile – hi! That videoo was awesome! You guys are way too talented! 🙂 I agree about the parade – that hometowny feeling – never gets old. Total cheese, but totally LOVE it!

    2009/08/15 at 19:55

  2. thanks—glad you liked the video! fourth of july is one of the best things about this place…

    2009/08/15 at 20:20

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