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Monday, July 13, 2009

Boston July 4

This remarkable replica of the Liberty Bell, on display in the lobby of the Park Plaza Hotel, was rung 13 times by several children at the Reformation 500 Celebration. This full scale bell was commissioned by the Providence Forum. It was forged by Whitechapel Foundry in London-the maker of the original- and its yoke features wood from the last of the thirteen original Liberty Trees.

Make Way for Ducklings...Boston is the setting of this book and the Swan is the symbol of Boston. Swan boats take sightseers up and down the Charles River.

Mama Swan is sitting on eggs while Papa keeps guard near by.
At 8:00 AM we all gathered in the Public Gardens around the George Washington statue to begin a parade through the park.

Five brothers came in uniform to play their fifes to begin the parade. They also won best costume. There were so many people who came in costume. However, this was a good choice for the winner.

George Washington came behind the fifers and led the parade.

Some of our group watched the fireworks on a hillside where it was not crowded. However, Barry Daming took his three oldest daughters and me(Mary)down to the water so that we could hear the Boston Pops two hour concert and watch the fireworks from a much closer vantage. I was thrilled to be there and experience the Patriotic sing-along with 500,000 other people. Those on the hill could not hear the music. But they had a great time of visiting. The thirty minute fireworks display was spectacular. There were displays we had not seen before.


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