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4th of July in Balcones Woods

by Eric Hegwer on 4 July, 2009

When we moved into the BW neighborhood, all our neighbors told us there are two really great things that happen here – the pool is the place to meet new people (I can’t wait until it opens for the summer after the extensive remodel), and that the 4th of July parade is something that can’t be missed.

So, as today is the 4th, and I don’t have any patriotic weddings today, I headed out my front door  at about 20 minutes to nine to see what’s what.  As I wandered down the parade route, I got to meet a bunch of my new neighbors (all very friendly of course).

Was I surprised!  When I got to the community center and saw all those decorated bikes, wagons, and dogs?  You bet I was.  What was even more shocking were the people lining the curb with their lawn chairs and American Flags.  It was just like the parades I knew as a kid, growing up in Salinas.

What was even more surprising was to learn that my house is on the actual parade route (Community Center, up Alhambra, Left onto Santa Cruz, and then another left down Balcones Woods Drive).  Thanks to all the police officers who closed the streets, and kept the route safe for all the kids.  It’s really appreciated.  Next year, our house will be the one with the biggest party :)

Anyway, here are some of my favorite shots.  The rest can be found in the complete BW 4th of July gallery.  The password is BW (all caps).  Feel free to download a free copy for yourself (If you use it on the web, please just link back to my site.)  If you want a print, I have to charge a bit more for my time. I hope you understand. If I had known this was such a big deal, I would have brought more equipment, and taken more shots!  Happy 4th of July!

Fireworks are one of the best parts of the 4th of July

Fireworks are one of the best parts of the 4th of July

Pictures of the 4th of July parade in Balcones Woods

Pictures of the 4th of July parade in Balcones Woods

This may be the safest 4th of july parade in the world.

This may be the safest 4th of july parade in the world.

Wagons were decorated with flags...

Wagons were decorated with flags...

Bicycles had all kinds of decorations for the 4th, too

Bicycles had all kinds of decorations for the 4th, too

Even the cars at the end of the parade had decorations...

Even the cars at the end of the parade had decorations...

The rest of the photos can be found in the complete BW 4th of July gallery. The password is BW (all caps).

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Erin July 4, 2009 at 2:36 pm

Eric-
Gorgeous 4th of July photos! Can’t wait to look at the rest of them. You are such a talented photographer! Take note that when I get married (whenever that will be), you will still be the top photographer on my list! Hope you and Jen are having a wonderful summer!

Erin

debi July 4, 2009 at 3:54 pm

hi eric, great pics as usual. i guess i dont have to go to spreckels to get my 4th of july fix. by the way, i did not set off any firecrackers after midnight last night, just for the record. love u both, debi

Travelgirl July 5, 2009 at 1:53 pm

You really captured some nice photos of the 4th!!

Bea July 7, 2009 at 3:44 am

love the last pic – clearly no thoughts but happiness.

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