Barks and Bikes in Small Town U.S.A.

It’s a hot Fourth of July in Mr. TWS’s hometown of Marinette, Wisconsin, a small city in the northern part of the state.

What, No Fireworks?

Although fireworks, parades, concerts, and other festivities are going on in many small towns and large cities across America today, there were no major events on this Fourth of July in Marinette. Instead, Marinette and its twin city of Menominee, Michigan, will be giving it a big blast on July 14th and 15th during the Logging Heritage Festival that celebrates the area’s rich lumbering history. However, the Marinette-Menominee Chamber of Commerce decided that there should be some kind of event especially for the kids to enjoy and came up with the first annual Kiddie and Pets Parade.

So I put on the sunscreen, grabbed the camera and headed to Merchants Park in downtown Marinette. Kids and dogs braved the heat and humidity to vie for prizes awarded for the best decorated bike and best dressed pet and celebrate in small town fourth of July style.

A little background music while you look at the pictures …

Born to be Wild

girl on bike in Kiddie Bike & Pet Parade, Marinette

boy on bike in Kiddie Bike & Pet Parade, Marinette

boy on bike Kiddie Bike & Pet Parade, Marinette

kids on bikes in Kiddie Bike & Pet Parade, Marinette

Kiddie Bike & Pet Parade, Marinette

Kids & Bike Parade, Marinette

dogs in Kiddie Bike & Pet Parade, Marinette

Dogs in Kiddie Bike & Pet Parade, Marinette

Chihuahua at Kids and Pets Parade

Holly Meyer of the Marinette-Menominee Chamber of Commerce said that she was very pleased with the turnout and that the event would be even better next year. All of the kids and dogs looked like winners to me. What do you think?

Happy Independence Day!


18 thoughts on “Barks and Bikes in Small Town U.S.A.

  1. Mary @ The World Is A Book

    Oh my, this is too adorable! I love all the patriotic outfits and decorations for both kids and pets. What a great idea for a family-friendly event. You gotta love small town America! I liked the background added video. I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July celebration, Cathy!

  2. Cathy Post author

    Thanks for your comments, all! We’re having cooler weather here in Marinette today — the kind of day that would have brought out even more kids and dogs for the event. But it was fun anyway and certainly brought a smile to my face

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