Oh America. You are a country with so many problems, but you sure do love to celebrate what you’ve got. I grew up in a small town called Granville in the Midwest (aka the part of America that is all flat and full of cornfields). Our town only has a couple thousand residents, but it’s within a thirty minute drive of a decently sized city. One of the great things about growing up in a small town is the cool things that small towns do, especially when they are towns that tend to have a lot of school age children. The two greatest holidays in Granville were always Halloween – when you could go door to door asking for candy at any of the dozens of elaborately decorated houses downtown – and fourth of July, when we somehow managed to put together a giant fair with rides, fireworks, fair food, and a huge parade. Luckily, I was home this year for the fourth, so you can get a glimpse into the celebration!

Also, may I just add that everything that I took a picture of has been almost exactly the same for the past twenty years. Same rides. Same food vendors. Same fair games. Same groups in the parade. It is cleaned up after, and then put right back on a year later. Like clock-work.

The fun and games:

Classic American fair food:

Some highlights from the parade: