A Journal, with Pictures

Fourth Of July 2021

by on Jul.07, 2021, under Family

The pandemic is gone and the family tradition of gathering for the Fourth at the Chechessee Creek cottage continues. This year we were joined by Joyce’s nephew and family (Brett, Juliana, Briana, and Bruce Shugart). The Shugarts flew in from Las Vegas on Wednesday and the rest of the family converged from South Carolina. Florida and George. The Shugart children joined Kinsey and Caitlin Prado for Sports Camp on Spring Island and enjoyed the great weather. Gary Prado brought his latest boat over and Brenn arrived in his new set of wheels a very handsome Ford F‑150. The Shugart’s got the tour of Spring Island and Gary gave them a tour of the area by boat. We had lots to eat and gathered each evening leading up to Sunday’s Fourth of July celebration on Spring Island.

The festivities started with the traditional parade, led by a horse-drawn carriage,  with walkers in costumes, decorated golf carts, floats, some classic cars, and lots of bikes ending with the singing of the National Anthem at the picnic area.

The parade was followed by a spectacular cook-out, with tons of food and live music. There were fun and games for the kids, pool time, and something new an antique car show at the Tabby Ruins.

The evening of the Fourth Juliana treated the family to an authentic Mexican dinner including her famous homemade enchiladas. We took the obligatory group picture before the second feast of the day.

At sunset, we all proceeded to the Chechessee Dock for the traditional Fourth of July Fireworks. Gary Prado is Chief of Fireworks and this year he outdid himself. He was ably assisted by Mike and Brenn. Along the Chechessee river, there are riverfront homes (“the river people”), and each year there is a friendly competition to see who can put up the biggest display, and we all cheer as each year the display gets more elaborate. Our display lasted about an hour and capped off a great day on a perfect South Carolina evening.

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