I left town today. But only to go to nearby Chesterfield for their adorable 4th of July parade. I can't believe I've lived here for 14 years and have never been to this event. It's a sweet, small town parade - not too long and full of lots of homemade floats and costumes. The oddest part was a person in a chicken costume wandering up and down the parade route, hugging everyone. Apparently she is there every year. She is both fascinating and terrifying to 2 year-olds.