Morning Meanderings.. Parades In Small Towns



Good morning!  How did everyone survive the 4th of July?  We had a fun time with friends but wow… it wiped me out. 😀

As I mentioned yesterday morning, we were going to a parade about 30 miles from here in a town called Hillman Minnesota – population 38.  Apparently, I was told, they do an amazing job, and me, not the biggest fan of parades but all about adventure….

was curious. 🙂

For todays Saturday Snapshot, here are pictures from the Hillman Minnesota parade:

Hillman Minnesota, Book JOurney
On our way there we seen this little delight on the road… truly happy 4th celebrators on their way to Hillman!


Hillman Minnesota, parade, Book Journey
My friend’s daughter having a little face painting done before the parade start


Hillman Minnesota, Book Journey
These flowers were over by the craft tables and I needed a picture so I could look more closely at them after I came home. I love these.


Hillman Minnesota, Book Journey
Close up of the pics


Hillman Minnesota, Book Journey
Population grew IMMENSELY during the parade, a good 3,000 were all over the place.


Hillman Minnesota
Calf in the parade


Hillman Minnesota, Book Journey
1916 car. That was pretty cool.


Hillman Minnesota, Book Journey
Wizard of Oz float


Hillman Minnesota, Book Journey
The guys… the center one is my hubby.


The parade was about an hour-long.  There was a lot of old cars, souped up trucks, of course – people running for offices – Sheriff, etc…, lots of candy for the kids, and just a good time over all.

Afterwards we went to a friend’s home for hanging out, grilling, and catching up.  There were about 14 of us. Al (hubby) and I came home around 6:30 pm, I sat down with a book and promptly fell asleep by 7:30 pm.  *embarrassing*

It was a great way to spend the 4th.

Please stop and see other Saturday Snapshots here.

What did you do with your 4th of July?

31 thoughts on “Morning Meanderings.. Parades In Small Towns

  1. I didn’t do anything yesterday. We’re having a family cookout tonight because today suited everybody better. About parades…there is a small town here in NC that has a big parade on the 4th. The name of the town is Faith. This year it was filmed and will be a part of a new movie called Max.

  2. A belated cheer for your July 4th from your northern neighbour. It looks like a fun day you’ve had. Love the flowers.

  3. I do recall some small town parades in my childhood, but our “small town” had 10,000 or so…LOL.

    Still small…and I do remember those fabulous picnics afterwards. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Sounds like a fun day! I used to live in a rural area that put on a big parade and it was fun. We didn’t do much this year. Our county restricts fireworks because this time of year because of fire danger, but that didn’t stop some neighbors from shooting them, so we sat in our backyard with iced coffee and watched the display. Have a good weekend!

    1. Nice! We have fireworks at night but it is too crowded for my tastes – a bear to get there and worse trying to leave in all that traffic 🙂 I prefer to watch them from my home as well. 😀

  5. Our small town parade is today. We have less than 2000 here, but less than your photo come to the parade, so it just must be this town and no one else. They line the street for about a mile, but just sitting on the curb, no couple people deep. Ours only lasts about a half hour too. Local people, old cars, the schools and such. They have about 4 a year I think. Last night we walked up the street 50 yards or so and hung out in a grassy area to watch the fireworks set off at the high school. We took our dog with us and she loved it, had a blast. It was a good time.

  6. I really like those flowers – did you figure out what they were?

    The 4th of July is actually my birthday, so I celebrated with a little family cookout and cake/ice cream at my sister’s place. We had some little fireworks (nothing that leaves the ground) that the kids seemed to enjoy. It was really fun to watch the youngest (1.5 years old) react to the sparklers and things – she loved them. Then I went home to rescue my dog before the city fireworks started (poor thing is terrified of them). Overall, I was really just happy to get a chance relax for a day.

      1. Clematis — they come in all kinds of colors and sizes and are fairly easy to grow. They like shaded roots but sun for the vines. They need something fairly thin to climb (string, thin wire, or plant them below yews)

  7. That’s a pretty big parade for a small town! I didn’t get to my town’s parade – I was out in the prairie counting birds. First day this week weather conditions were good. Then I had to prep for my BBQ. Later that evening I too fell asleep a whopping 30 pages into a new book. Sad.

  8. It looks like you had a great time, Sheila 🙂 I’m guessing if their population is only 38 (initially I thought you were kidding!), they must recruit from surrounding towns in order to have a parade that lasted an hour! And those flowers are gorgeous! Do you know the name of them?

    1. Populations was true but it was good turn out… I didn’t event know why it was a town. They had a bar and I told my friends if they would buy a Weber they could have a bar… and grill 😛

  9. I love small town parades. Looks like this was a good one! We went to the parade in the park a few blocks from our house and then came back to grill out with family and friends. Hubby and I watched the fireworks from our house (set off at same park as parade). A fun day.

  10. I’m glad that you had a lovely day of celebration- nice pictures. I really like the clematis- they are such pretty colours.

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