In the USA, July is the apex of the frenzy that is summer. Vacations are in full swing, and life is good.
The 4th of July (our Independence Day) kick-starts the month with parades, barbecues, picnics, family reunions, baseball games, and sunburns.
Holiday fireworks give pyromaniacs the opportunity to start all kinds of trouble, and there’s still enough summer left that no one even thinks about the fun coming to an end.
In honor of this All-American month we’re featuring our “Slice of Americana Series” – from the West, to the Heartland, to the East. We’ll start with our country’s newest members, Hawaii and Alaska, then move on to the states in the Pacific Northwest and across the country, hopscotching our way across the nation. From bears and buffalos to wigwams and weathervanes, we’ll share snapshots of this country we love. And on Saturdays we’ll give you lots of juicy links to some great bloggers and their stories about destinations in the USA. It should be a hot month!
See you there!
Terri & James
Photo Credits: 1. Joe Morton
Happy Independence Day!
Thanks Rosh! So glad you stopped by. And a belated Happy Canada Day to you. Did you get to celebrate it there in Korea? ~Terri
Thanks Terri! I didn’t hear much about Canada Day here this year. I always teach the students about Canada’s birthday. It’s my gramma’s birthday too. She’s 99 years old! Thanks for your comment and I really enjoy your blog. Have a great 4th of July!
Looks like a fun tour ahead! The blue cow and his plaid shirt friend are particularly interesting. 🙂
Good old Babe the Blue Ox and Paul Bunyan would certainly be at home in your Roadside Attractions post, Sue. They’re very retro-cool and reside in Bemidji, Minnesota. Have you been there? ~Terri
No I haven’t been Terri. Perhaps a road trip one day checking out the roadside attractions of the Mid West. 🙂
ahhaha so nice! I will look forward to see more 🙂 and whats with the bikini sign?
Many thanks Allane. If you’re curious about the bikini sign, you can read about it here. It’s pretty funny. 🙂 ~Terri
ahhhhhhhh I got it hahahaha!! Here in Germany these signs are different, it says only: FKK hahaha
Bemidji! I’ve had some fun there. Happy 4th of July.
Thanks Jill. So glad that you stopped by. We love Bemidji – in fact we’re posting about it soon. When were you there last? ~Terri
I’ll look forward to that. I was last there in October 2006 – we stopped to say hello to Paul on our way to Itasca National Park. I was taking a trip down memory lane and revisiting the source of the Mississippi.
That’s exactly what we were doing, too! Small world, huh? ~T
Before reading through the comments I thought the bikini sign meant no animal prints! Very funny. Got to love this crazy country of ours!
Tricia, that is TOO funny. Wish I’d thought of that one. 🙂 Some day we’ll just have to do a post on all the wacky signs we’ve seen. ~Terri
Such fun pictures. I’ve had a ban on bikinis at my house for oh, about 40 years give or take a year or two!!! Love Americana, and looking forward to more from you.
Americana can certainly add some spice to boring road trips Rusha. When we travel, I can’t resist wacky roadside attractions, and many end up as grist for the ol’ blog mill. ~James
Happy 4th of July and a hot month ahead.
Thanks Peggy. How is it having the 4th of July as a winter holiday? ~James
Your pictures made me homesick! I am almost never home on the 4th of July. Somehow, we seem to always schedule vacations or business travel around that date and I never get to see what goes on in my hometown while I’m gone.
Your tribute to the USA this month is a great idea! Can’t wait to see/read more.
Given the crowds, traffic, and general summer frenzy, the 4th of July is a good time to stay home Juliann. Just ask those folks on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. ~James
Happy July 4. Looking forward to your posts, especially Iowa (my brother lives there), and South Dakota! (We lived in Brookings SD for 6 months a long time ago)
Thanks Keiry. I guess you’re getting ready to celebrate Bastille Day where you are. What’s the celebration like? ~Terri
Yes Monday week. I gather there is a military parade along the Champs Élysées and fireworks at night by the Eiffel Tower. We were out of Paris last year so looking forward to seeing it this time.
I’m captivated already. Moon pie too? Bring it oooonn. 😀
Tess, I’m pleased to hear that what I took to be a tasty southern treat has migrated north. ~James
I don’t know what moon pie is. It sounds other worldly and I’m all about new experiences. 😀
Tess, in the southern US, Moon Pies were a staple of every kids lunch box. They are a wonderful treat, but I haven’t had one in years. They’re one of those treats where you don’t want to read the nutrition info. Here’s a link, but I promise it will make you hungry.
Oooooohhhhhhhhhhh. I forgot. We used to have a caky circle thing filled with fake cream and the circle folded in half to … aahh…a half moon. I forgot about those. Yeah, ick ingredients but yummy. Thanks for the reminder and the link.
Love both the photo collage! Happy Independence Day!
Thanks Ginette and Gordon! And a belated Happy Canada Day to you. It’s hot and steamy here – a typical 4th of July – but I bet you have glorious weather. Am I right? ~Terri
Our Canada Day was gloriously hot, 32ºC (89F)
and we happily spent the day cooling off at the beach with our American neighbours. -Ginette
What a great way to honor the USA in her birth month! Can’t wait for more!
Thanks so much Laura! In the next couple of weeks I would like to feature one of your New Hampshire posts. Do you have a favorite you’d like me to link to? ~Terri
I went back through my older posts and I think Pittsburg was one of my favorites. It has everything. Covered bridges, beautiful scenery and wildlife, plus a bit of history. Looking forward to your series!
That’s great Laura. I also really like your beautiful post on Rye. The detail is gorgeous! 🙂 ~Terri
Seeing the cherry pie reminds me I haven’t had a slice in years. Maybe I’ll have to mek one to change that.
Forget cherry pie Lulu. You need to make the peach upside down cake I saw on your blog. Check it out folks:
Happy 4th to the two of you! Looking forward to your upcoming series. 🙂
Happy 4th to you two as well. Stay cool, and out of Arthur’s way. ~James
We are planning to do just that. Glad to not be in the OBX right now. I hope you two are not in harm’s way.
Ahhh…Barbecues, potato salad and apple pie. Missing it all (just a little bit) so I’m looking forward to your posts!
Thanks Anita. I hope that you and Richard can rustle up a few cervezas and a charcoal grill for the holiday. I don’t know if you’ve been watching the US weather, but Hurricane Arthur is going to rain on a few picnics tomorrow. Happy 4th! ~James
Great pictures! Looking forward to your posts. 🙂
Thanks for the comment and for dropping by the blog Jessi. We do lots of international posts, but we travel quite a lot in the US, and there’s lots of cool stuff right here at home as well. ~James
Will be interesting!
Thanks Vilma. It will be fun for us as well. ~James
Have a Happy 4th.you guys. I will celebrate with a balloon ride with Scott and Tish at sunrise on Sunday. Stay cool.
Joyce, that sounds wonderful. I’ve never taken a hot-air balloon ride (I may be a little chicken.), but it sounds like fun. Will it be in Nashville and is Dascal going as well? Love, JH
Great photos – looking forward to those to come.
Thanks so much! It’s always fun to weave fun photos into a post. 🙂 So glad you stopped by. All the best, Terri
Yes it will be in Nashville and no Dascal is not going to fly.
Have fun and take your camera!
A great selection of pictures and I’m looking forward to your tour!
Many thanks Joanne! We plan on finding something fun or wonderful from every state! 🙂 ~Terri
Americana has its fun and quirky side. For example, I find it interesting that Harley Davidson motorcycles are a HUGE status symbol here in Spain (which is pretty much true everywhere these days).
Looking forward to your series and learning more about our country. Happy 4th! – MIke
Mike, I didn’t know that about the Harleys – pretty good comeback from a company that nearly went under. I always get a kick out of what becomes popular overseas. One time in London we saw a small shop window piled full of cans of Spam … that’s right, Spam! And it was selling like hotcakes. 🙂
Our 4th was lovely, thanks. You must be just about to head back home. Just think of all the wonderful places you and Florence can explore. ~Terri
What a great idea! Looking forward to your wonderful posts! Happy 4th.
Many thanks Pam. It should be fun. 🙂 I loved your Blue Lagoon photos – are you still in Iceland? ~Terri
We are home now (were there the last 2 weeks of June). So many photos to sort – good problem to have! 🙂
Hope you had a great 4th. As always, I enjoyed your slices of America. I’m think I know where those wigwams are located… I’m sure you noticed that Skylar (Brenda’s granddaughter) just got back from Europe. Wonder if she has the “travel bug” like her great uncle????
We had a wonderful 4th Suzanne. What about you and your beautiful family? And you’re right about the Wigwams – good ol’ CC. 🙂 Only 2 others remain (of 7) in Arizona and California. Pretty amazing! Have you ever seen inside of one of them?
We’ve been following Skyler”s trip, but we can’t wait to hear her stories. I guess we’ll find our then if she caught the bug. Of course, I remember that I wasn’t too crazy about my first trip overseas … and look how that turned out! 🙂 So good to hear from you. ~Terri
What a great idea, a virtual tour of the USA!
Marie, we always try to take a different view with our posts, and the bloggers that we feature do as well. We’ll be happy if you follow along. ~James
I recognise that blue ox – Paul and Babe! We visited Bemudji a few years ago. I’m looking forward to All American month. 🙂
Hooray Elaine, you got it right! We loved the kind of retro, kitschy statues of Paul and Babe. Were you there searching for the headwaters of the Mississippi? ~Terri
We were visiting friends who live there, and yes, we found the headwaters of the Mississippi in Itasca State Park!
Great kick off to Americana James and Terri. But I have a question. I see the Moon Pie, and I see the cherry pie. Isn’t the old saying “as American as apple pie?” 🙂 –Curt
Great point Curt! I’ve just never been a huge fan of Apple Pie, unless it’s my brother-in-law’s Bourbon Apple Pie. Truth is, I grew up with 8 cherry trees in our back yard and I just love cherry pie! It’s also a prettier picture! 🙂 ~Terri