Independence Day Parade 2012 - Swifts Beach, Wareham, Massachusetts

On the day of the parage, Independence Day Parade2012. it rained and it looked like we might have to parade in the rain.

The rain soon passed leaving a bunch of puddles, but the street dried off by the time the parade began from the Community House at !!:00 A.M.

On July 4, 1776, a meeting was held in Philadelphia. It was attended by the members of the Second Continental Congress. The purpose of the meeting was to approve the final draft of the Declaration of Independence.

During the War of Independence, not much celebration was done on July 4, but when the war ended in 1783, July 4 became a national holiday.

John Adams, the second president, stated that, "I believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival, he wrote in a letter to his wife Abigail. "It ought to be celebrated by pomp and parade, with show, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of the continent to the other…"

OMG, Is that Anderson Cooper?

Nice hats. Happy Fourth of July!

This is why we celebrate the 4th of July. This is a copy of the original Declaration of Independence in which we declared our independence from England (Now known as Great Britain or United Kingdom) and the hated king of England, George III. Anyone who signed was committing treason and if found guilty, death by hanging.

It was John Dunlap's job, he was a printer in Philadelpia, to print copies of the Declaration of Independence. He printed over 100 copies. They were sent around the colonies on July 5, 1776. These very rare copies are known as the "Dunlap Broadsides". Today, only 26 copies of these rare documents have survived. Three are privately owned while the rest remain in museums and libraries.

Golf, any one?

Ray Davies, Master of Ceremonies.

Headed towards Buzzards Bay and a left turn onto Wankinquoa Street

What happened to the parade?

Some late arrivals to the parade running to catch up.

Oliver, the kitten, watches the parade from the safety of a window. He wants to get out and join the parade, but he is too young to be out in the wide-wide world.

Looking for the parade beside a puddle from the morning rain shower.

Here comes the parade up Pleasant Street. Usually the route came back down Pleasant Street after going up Swifts Beach Road and turning right on Swifts Avenue, but this year a huge tree cutting truck was blocking the way at the upper end of Pleasant Street so the parade route was changed.

The leaders of the parade. Betty Voss is riding in the passenger seat.

Here comes Tony in his golf cart.

The end of the parade. Now the judges will get busy and vote on the best original fourth of July decorations.

This looks like a winner!

Decisions, decisions. So many great decorations.

These guys won a prize.

Woe! Look. They won a blue ribbon prize. Pretty good.

The parade is winding down.

The End. See you next year.