Saturday, July 3, 2010

4th of July — Then & Now

Happy 4th of July to all my American blogging friends! Our town's festivities are well underway. Last night we went to the carnival, just 3 blocks from our house. This morning, we watched the parade as it passed just 2 blocks from our house. And tomorrow night, we will watch the fireworks display, 3 blocks from our house!

I love the old houses all decorated for Independence Day. I thought I'd share some of the photos in my collection of Victorian houses and businesses, lovingly decorated by their owners for the 4th of July festivities of the day.

Patriotic House #2

Patriotic House #3

Patriotic House #1

Patriotic Building #2

Patriotic Building #1

And here are some of the houses in my neighborhood, taken this morning. I wish the owners would have come out and posed for me, like they did in the good old days!

Our Town-Patriotic House 2

Our Town-Patriotic House 5

Our Town-Patriotic House 3

Our Town-Patriotic House 1

Our Town-Patriotic House 7

Our Town-Patriotic House 6

Our Neighbor's House
Our next-door neighbor's house

Our Gazebo on the 4th of July
Our gazebo, all decked out for the 4th!

Our Town-Patriotic House 4
This is the house we usually sit near for the parade.

Here are some old-time parade photos I found on the net.

Elks-early 1900's

1890's parade, Denver

And here are some parade photos taken this morning.

Parade Pony

Bagpipes in Parade

Old Fire Truck in Parade

Parade Float 1

Parade Float 2

Dogs Watching Parade

The carnival is always very popular! Here are some highlights from last night.

Carnival 1

Carnival 3

Carnival 4

Carnival 2

Our weather has been beautiful! I hope you all are having a fun and festive weekend. Happy 4th of July to you all!

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Blogger rustandruffles said...

A great collection of photos celebrating the 4th.
Happy day!

July 4, 2010 at 7:13 AM  
Blogger The Dusty Victorian said...

Hi Pam,
Great shots, as usual. Made me want to be there.

July 4, 2010 at 7:34 AM  
Blogger The Blackwood Cottage said...

Thanks for sharing the old photos. Now I know....we need more flags and banners! My one flag at the entry is not cutting it!!

July 4, 2010 at 9:51 AM  
Blogger Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Janis-

Thank you, and happy belated Canada Day! :-)


July 4, 2010 at 10:37 AM  
Blogger Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Anyes-

Thank you! I also wish you a belated happy Canada Day. :-)


July 4, 2010 at 10:39 AM  
Blogger Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Machelle-

Ha! Yeah, looks like they kinda overdid it on the flags and bunting back then! Maybe that's why these building were photographed in the first place... they were over the top! :-)


July 4, 2010 at 10:41 AM  
Blogger La Petite Gallery said...

Fantastic all American post. Those photo's ave wonderful.Have a great 4th


July 4, 2010 at 7:20 PM  
Blogger The Rustic Victorian said...

Oh what a wonderful post!!!! I have been MIA and have alot of catching up here. I do love all the over-the-top decorations! All the people getting together, it restores me to see it.
May God Bless your day!

July 5, 2010 at 5:52 AM  
Blogger Terry @ La Bella Vie said...

Oh these are so great to see! It makes me want to be there in your little town watching the parade!
And I love the pictures of today's houses, it shows our country's patriotism hasn't wavered.
Oh and I'd have marched my little self right up to the doors of those houses and asked the owners to come and pose...they may be part of history too someday:)
Thanks for sharing!
PS wish our weather was good...its cloudy and whopping 54 degrees!

July 5, 2010 at 2:39 PM  
Blogger Eastlake Victorian said...

Thank you, Yvonne! Hope you had a great 4th!


July 6, 2010 at 7:03 AM  
Blogger Eastlake Victorian said...

Thank you, Marcie! It's been hard for me to keep up with everyone this summer too, with so much going on. Hope you had a great 4th and a beautiful weekend!


July 6, 2010 at 7:05 AM  
Blogger Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Terry-

Oh, 54° is not good this time of year! Hope it warms up soon for you. You are right... I shouldn't hesitate to ask the home owners to pose for me. Sometimes I'm such a chicken about doing things like that! :-)


July 6, 2010 at 7:08 AM  
Blogger lady Estelle said...

What a fun are historical day for you and me. It made me feel proud to be an American. God bless you and your family. Thanks for sharing the spender of your life with us.

July 8, 2010 at 1:05 PM  
Blogger Eastlake Victorian said...

Lady Estelle-

It was a very nice, patriotic weekend! It does make me thankful and proud to be an American. And it looks like you had an enjoyable time this holiday as well!


July 8, 2010 at 7:55 PM  
Blogger Our Porch in Hillsborough said...

I love the photos - old and new. The variety of bunting in the old photos is great, especially when all on one building. I'm thinking of things we could do next year with our house and loads of bunting . . .

July 10, 2010 at 12:29 PM  
Blogger Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Leah-

I agree, the old bunting varieties sure look cool. I'm always on the lookout for new varieties of bunting, but there sure isn't much variety available locally. I like the ones they have wrapped around the sides of the houses in the old photos!


July 10, 2010 at 5:07 PM  
Blogger The Sweetbrier Cottage said...

What beautiful photos of the 4th of July! The homes and people are all so festive. I especially like your vintage photos. The parade was wonderful as well. We don't have enough of those I think. Have a good week.

July 10, 2010 at 8:15 PM  
Blogger Eastlake Victorian said...

Thanks, Sweetbrier!

I agree, parades are great, although I think there are too many politicians that march in them lately! The carnival, parade and fireworks always bring back nostalgic feelings for me. :-)


July 11, 2010 at 8:29 AM  

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