Saturday Snapshot invites bloggers to share photos. Recognized as “America’s Small Town 4th of July City,” Seward hosts the state of Nebraska in an old-fashioned family celebration each July 4. The observance is apparently unique in that the major leadership is provided by high school youth. The event adds new attractions each year and draws upward to 40,000 people. It has been televised nationally on numerous occasions.
For several years, when my husband’s grandfather was still alive and living in Seward, Andy and I would join his relations in watching the parade. After his grandfather died, we stopped going for a time but then resumed our attendance partly for sentimental reasons but also because Seward is as fun place to be on America’s birthday.
While there, we photograph many of the events. Some recent standards are the bed races, fire department water tournament, pole vault competition, and pie-eating and bubble-blowing contests. This year, we also saw a pet parade contest and visited a library book sale. Of course, what town celebration would be complete without fair food? Typical fare are smoothies, funnel cakes, and an entree. Our choice this time was an Indian taco. Then there are also the numerous venue booths. After buying local syrup in Canada, Andy decided he wanted to purchase local honey in Nebraska.
My favorite moment was that of a Butterfly Release. Sponsored by Heartfelt Inc. and Zabka Funeral Home, one could release a butterfly in memory of someone special who has gone from your life too soon. Free will donations all benefited the Children’s Memorial. Although there are many whom I could have chosen, including grandparents and friends and pets, I released my butterfly in memory of my mom. She died in her twenties and never even saw my fifth birthday. All these losses have taught me that you never know how long you have on this earth. We need to treasure every moment.