The Hughes family has been enjoying family reunions at our home in Monument, Colorado since 1993. A fun project for the whole family during our reunions has been to create a float for the Monument Independence Day Parade every year.
IT HAPPENS EVERY YEAR
Each year, on the 4th of July, my neighbors, Tom and Barbara Hughes, have a huge family reunion/party. They invite their family and friends from near and far to join in on the fun, food, and festivities for this annual event.
On or about July 2, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, cousins, neighbors and friends descend upon their home. There are motor homes from California, Georgia, Indiana, and Ohio as well as families from four other states. Their home and yard are full of people and friends from many parts of the country for three full days. Initially, I was taken aback by the violations of neighborhood covenants and restrictions, but then I realized that this was a reunion, it was the 4th of July, it was only for three days and it was what this great country is all about….FAMILY.
One of the main events of this party includes the building of a rather large parade float (complete with loud patriotic music) for the 4th of July parade here in Monument. For two full days, the focus of their party is to design and construct a float. You can hear saws, hammers, and cordless drills as the “giant float” begins to take shape. Despite rain and other minor setbacks, the “mammoth float” rolls out from their driveway early in the morning on July 4th and heads for the parade route.
This tradition has been going on at the Hughes household for the past ten years, and each year the float becomes longer, wider, higher and more intricate….in the words of Tom and Barbara Hughes, “Bigger is Better” says it all when it comes to 4th of July parade floats.
This year the theme of the Monument 4th of July parade was “Hats off to our American Heroes” and the Hughes float took first place. The Hughes float displayed an extra-large hat that was mechanically balanced to lift on and off to salute our heroes. In addition to all of this, 6,000 red-white-and-blue toothbrushes were distributed to parade attendees as a token of appreciation for their patronage of this patriotic event.
I say “Hats Off“ to Dr. and Mrs. Tom Hughes for their enthusiasm, their contribution to our community and their patriotic spirit. And, once again, thanks for letting me join in on all the fun.
Your grateful neighbor
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