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The 4th in Seward, Nebraska

July 11, 2014

Wow! Where did the week go? I think I’m still recovering and catching up after our family’s weekend trip to Seward, Nebraska for the 4th of July festivities.

My husband’s brother and his wife invited us to enjoy the town’s Independence Day celebration. We had no idea how fabulous it would be!


It is only a five hour drive for us, so we left the morning of the 4th and got there in time to enjoy the huge craft show in the town square before the parade. My BIL dropped us off near the square as there was no way we were going to find parking. We had an hour before the parade.

We were invited to watch the parade from a friend’s house that was right on the parade route. This is one view from the porch.

The crowds of people lined the streets and lawns in all directions.

Fast fact from the town’s web page: “The City of Seward, with a population of over 6,000, is located in the very heart of the county of Seward.”

Another fun and amazing fact: “Seward, recognized as “America’s Small Town 4th of July City”, hosts the state of Nebraska in an old-fashioned family celebration each July 4.  The observance is unique in that the major leadership is provided by high school youth.  The event adds new attractions each year and draws upward to 40,000 people.”

The parade had a little bit of everything and lasted for over an hour.

Look closely at the center of this photo. A streaker (well, he was wearing a red, white and blue speedo) came running out of the crowd and down the middle of the parade as he used a flag as a cape. It happened so quick that this was as focused a shot as I could get. Hmm, I bet his momma is proud. LOL!

I loved this! The name of the business is called “Cake to Die For…”. I wonder…what do you think came first, the name or the company car?

A bit of irony…for guests from Kansas. The theme of Seward, Nebraska’s 2014 4th of July parade was “there’s no place like home”.

My beautiful SIL enjoying the parade with us from the porch.

Unfortunately I completely forgot to grab my camera for the fireworks! (face/palm)

You will just have to take my word for it that they were amazing, huge, numerous and could be seen in every direction we turned.

The next day we went to a local winery for a bit of tasting. 🙂 Yum! 😉 The winery is Junto Wines. Click the link to find out more about this beautiful place. I highly recommend visiting Junto wines if you ever find yourself in the area.

We took our final glass outside and walked around. They have a lot of lovely areas for outdoor weddings and receptions.

Back at the house a relaxing game of washers ensued.

I hope you and yours had a wonderful 4th of July weekend!

Kevin and Becky, thank you for a great time!

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  1. very nice! what is a ‘game of washers’ ? looks like it’s similar to horseshoes…

    1. It’s very similar to horseshoes. I had never heard of it, but it was pretty popular in Seward. They even had a couple of games going in the side yard of the house where we watched the parade. They throw washers that looked like they are about 2 1/2 inches into the boxes. Since we are now living in a rental and can’t set up a horseshoe pit, I think I might have to make a set for us. This is the link I found. http://gameofwashers.com/square-washers-box

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