Mom and I are having a happy Fourth of July as we celebrate our country’s independence.

Happy 4th of July - Izzie waiting for the parade to begin

First thing this morning, Mom put out our flag.

Happy 4th of July - American flag in our yard

Mom told me we were going to be in a parade and said I needed to get dressed up for the festivities. However, she said I didn’t have anything patriotic to wear since neither Aunt Tami nor Aunt Tara sent me a new dress for the parade. So, she hunted through my clothes and found my swim suit which is pretty and frilly, and I like it just fine.

Happy 4th of July - Izzie in her swim suit

Off we went to the parade where Mom and I met Uncle Sam.

Happy 4th of July - Izzie and Tracy with Uncle Sam

We visited with Mom’s friends while we waited for the parade to start.

Happy 4th of July - Izzie, Tracy, and the ladies

Lots of people drove golf carts that were decorated with red, white, and blue garlands and flags.

Happy 4th of July - waiting for the parade to begin

When it was time for the parade to begin, planes flew overhead and did loop-de-loops.

Happy 4th of July - plane flyover

The parade made its way down one side of the main street and back up the other side. There were floats and golf carts along with all of us walking. Ahead of us, the lady golfers pretended to be a marching band and acted like their golf clubs were musical instruments. They won the award for best in the parade.

Hundreds of people watched the parade as they lined the street in their golf carts and lawn chairs.

Happy 4th of July - hundreds of people lined the parade route

I walked and walked and met lots of new people along the street who were waiting just to see me. Every once in a while, Mom picked me up and carried me so I wouldn’t get too hot or tired.

Happy 4th of July - Izzie walking in the parade

My friend, Dixie, and her Mom, Gayle, walked in the parade, too. Dixie lives behind me, and we like to play together, but only when she’s on the other side of the fence. Dixie was wearing a patriotic bow.

Happy 4th of July - Dixie and Gayle

Some people carried American flags as they walked in the parade.

Happy 4th of July - carrying American flag in parade

There were girls riding horses and a goat that was soooo cute.

Happy 4th of July - Goat and horses

When we got home after the parade, Uncle Max, our next door neighbor, was waiting to see me.

Happy 4th of July - Izzie and Max

I was pooped after the parade. Time for a nap so I can stay up to watch the fireworks tonight.

Happy 4th of July - Izzie is pooped

We hope you and your family and friends have a safe and happy Fourth of July.