The 4th of July weekend conjures images of fireworks, family picnics, and of course, parades. The Village of Hebron combined its annual Independence Day Parade with a community picnic afterward.
This year’s parade started and ended at Community Park after passing through part of the Village of Hebron.
As parades go, most of the attention is given to the much bigger city and village parades. To be fair, if what you look for most in parades are big fancy floats and marching bands, then small-town parades might seem lacking.
But you might also miss out on something special. These kinds of parades don’t require you to stake out a spot, days in advance. In fact, you have little worry about getting a good view. They also don’t require you to block off a good chunk of your morning or afternoon.
What you are rewarded with is genuine small-town hospitality. You are equally welcomed, whether you are a familiar face or a stranger. The parade entries may not be fancy, but the participants offer up genuine smiles and waves.
Equally so, those along the parade route are just as appreciative and thankful for those who took time out of what otherwise might have been a “day off” to serve as slow-moving entertainment.
I hope you enjoy some photos from the parade, and next year, consider adding this one to your list.
Be sure to check (& bookmark) our annual McHenry County 4th of July Guide for other parades, fireworks, and fun.
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