I am celebrating quietly today, but happily. I’m remembering my two ancestors who fought in the American Revolution, Henry Ferguson and Andrew Punches (really Pontius). Most of my family is at Lake Chautauqua today, but the 4th is one of the busiest and nosiest weekends of the year up there and I’ve come to appreciate the quiet. They were all at the wonderful parade in Mayville, New York this morning. Mayville is a quite small village (less than 2,000 population) which curves around the northern shores of the Lake and is, for historic reasons, the county seat of Chautauqua County.
It takes about two hours to pass by and schools, organizations and groups from all over the county march past…..People on floats and fire engines and old cars throw candy to the kids lining the way……
This evening when it’s dark one can watch the fireworks on the beach in Mayville from our dock across the lake. It’s glorious! Or one can go out on the lake and see them closer up. It makes a wonderful day. And perhaps next year I’ll be there again. But truth to tell, I’m ever so slightly an introvert and crowds and noise are not really my joy!
But I will be back at the lake next week when it’s a bit quieter!
Many thanks to Alice for her lovely photos!
POSTSCRIPT: Andy and I lit sparklers on the deck as we listened to distant fireworks we could not see and then went inside and read the Declaration of Independence together and lit a last sparkler…..A nice and quiet celebration.