July 4th in the USA is Independence Day, and things are heating up. A mid-week holiday means that lots of folks are heading for St. Simons Island. There’s a constant flow of bikes going to the beach, the liquor store is humming, and the grocery store is full of sunburned families filling carts with fun and unhealthy food.
And let me tell you that for most people at the beach, the ultimate independence is wearing flip-flops full-time.
We’ve celebrated July 4th all over the USA, and the obligatory fireworks are always fun. But in our experience, the daytime parade usually reflects more of the character of the place. We’ve seen decorated dogs, bedecked bikes, tarted-up tractors, and gussied-up garbage trucks. We’ve even seen potbellied pigs on leashes! However, on St. Simons we saw our first golf cart parade.
The island is a small, low-traffic place, and golf carts aren’t only for cruising the links. Lots of people use them as a car alternative. And because there are so many buzzing around, it only makes sense to have a golf cart parade. It’s fun because everyone gets in on the act.
The two enthusiastic kids above were having way too much fun, even with a one-piece body suit (probably polyester) on a hot, humid southern day.
The 20-25 carts were quite a spectacle cruising down Mallery Street to the Pier Village.
This cart received our “Best Patriotic” award.
However, best-of-show was the “Tiki Cart.” We loved the attitude, and the fact that no surface went undecorated.
It was good to see everyone involved … kids …
… and dogs as well.
Like most places on July 4th, it was hot and humid. We decided this cute baby had the right idea – a nap! And now we’re ready for the fireworks!
Happy July 4th Everyone,
James and Terri
Originally published July 4, 2013
P.S. You’ll also be glad to know that the “Totem of the Beach Clan” is going strong!