We ended up doing the parade but not the fireworks (they started at 10:30 pm!) for our July fourth festivities. Honestly though, when we woke up on Monday morning - it was really hard to get up and go. Neither jb nor I consider watching a parade a great way to spend a morning. We are more coffee and newspaper (or better yet: sleep!) kind of people. But, we suspected that Leo might enjoy watching the parade - so we dragged ourselves out of bed, packed some snacks and diapers and walked to the train that would take us towards the crowds, heat, and general un-bedness.
And I'll me a monkey's mama (wait a second...) if that kid didn't sit through the whole darn thing. For reals. He watched each and every band, float and historical figure impersonator go by. It brought a little tear to my eye to watch him. So, I need to remember this face next time I'm debating whether it's worth getting out of bed to trek across town and fight the crowds for something I wouldn't choose to do if we didn't have a kid:
And yes, jb thought it was funny to put a Beatles shirt on him. America's Independence - British Invasion - hahaha.