I can hear them already outside my window. The steady stream of cars, making their way to Chatham for the big parade.
It’s the Fourth of July weekend and the official start of summer here on Cape Cod!
After the parade, cars filled with umbrellas, squealing children and floaties will flood the beaches.
Boats of every size and color will be launched.
Left hand turns will have to wait ’til Labor Day, and the annual battle over parking spaces will begin again in earnest.
Traditional fishermen will drag out their poles and tackle boxes. Others, will discover new techniques that work for them (Note the more experienced fisherman in the distant background).
Five star restaurants will summon the very best seafood chefs around.
For me, the Fourth is a day to find the quieter places.
The dirt paths, the out of the way spaces…
I will follow the birds, the true experts on quiet…
In search of beauty, and my own idea of fireworks.
No matter what your particular tradition or dream might for this holiday, I hope that you find it.
It is worth searching for…
Happy Fourth of July everybody, and Happy Birthday America!