Greenwood loved to celebrate. Every holiday was an adventure and the town decorated for it with enthusiasm! The spirit of every holiday was displayed throughout the town depending on the occasion. Before Halloween, the stores on Main Street decorated their windows with a variety of black cats. There were creative illustrations, stuffed black cats, and even a few black cat statues. Orange and black streamers, pumpkins, jack-o-lanterns, skeletons, and even a few witches added to the holiday feeling. Businesses gave Halloween treats to the kids.
Winter holidays were much the same. Lots of festive decorations were not only in the store windows but on the trees along the streets and lamp posts. Colored lights decorated everything.
But, Independence Day was the favorite holiday because it started with free pancakes for breakfast, a parade with floats and music, American flags flying with pride along the streets, and beautiful firework displays in the evening after the concert. The entire community was relaxed and enjoyed the fun.
However, this day was more than just fun; it was a reminder to everyone why we celebrated our independence. We are the land of the free and the home of the brave. We are no longer a colony. We are an independent nation. The Greenwood Independence Day Committee encouraged participation from everyone in some way for this event.
Residents of all ages were urged to create patriotic pictures, sculptures, write stories, poems, or songs. It was all about illustrating America’s independence. The winners were announced at the evening concert. The art w
ork and creative writing pieces were displayed for all to see in the Community Center. Greenwood believed in honoring and celebrating.
The winner of the music category was invited to open at the evening park performance. The winners in the other categories were announced during the evening performance and given a certificate of excellence by the Chamber of Commerce along with a gift card to a local business.
The entire town celebrated not only America’s independence, but the town’s creativity.
The time for this special event was soon arriving and the Swinging Tails, along with the rest of the town, burst with excitement.
“I can hardly wait for July 4th “ Kari said.
“I’m with you on that one!” Kris said.
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