I maintain that there's no better place to celebrate Independence Day than a small town + lake. Specifically my small town and my lake, but I'm guessing there are scores of people who would say the same about their hometown 4th of July celebrations.
Our little town's festivities took place Saturday. We had a lovely lunch in my brother's backyard and headed down to our favorite parade spot. Parade spots at the Ragtop are like church pews; everyone has "their" spot that they return to year after year. Ours happens to be in front of the bar.