So before this typical Tennessee July; a hot, humid, month filled the flickering fairy-lights of fireflies when dark finally falls, I want to share a small iconic piece of home-town U.S.A……The 4th of July Parade.
Jonesborough, where I live nestled at the base of the Appalachian Mountains in North East Tennessee, is a microcosm of everything American. It is the oldest town in Tennessee, established in 1779 and was deeply involved in our Revolutionary War.
It was at one time or another during its early history home to many of America’s famous sons; Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone, John Sevier, Andrew Jackson and many others, as well as many women though there is not a great deal of (and certainly not enough!) information about those brave ladies!
Every independence day, citizens of the town turn out to support their community, give thanks for their freedoms and the unique experiment in liberty that all Americans are living.
Of course they also show up to have fun! Eating Funnel Cakes, buying crafts, toys and jewelry at the booths, getting faces painted and just reveling in a beautiful day. Below is a photo essay of that parade day. You can see from the photos, what a special day it is for everyone in this historic part of Tennessee and the special place 4th of July parades hold in the hearts of Americans.