Groom's flag socks for 4th of July wedding in Vermont
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Groom's flag socks for 4th of July wedding in Vermont

Around the United States the 4th of July is celebrated with varying degrees of enthusiasm. In some larger cities you'll see massive fireworks celebrations and crowds flooding the street, often too inebriated to determine which holiday it is that they're celebrating. In the more remote stretches of New England the 4th is celebrated with country flair, and a quieter (but no less patriotic) attitude. Celebrating the 4th of July in Vermont can mean hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill; strawberry shortcake with homemade biscuits, whipping cream from the local dairy, and strawberries fresh picked from the fields the day before. Local brews and local produce at the peak of freshness round out this simple but delicious country celebration; our family celebrates at our cabin on a lake, with neighbors we've known for generations, and we wouldn't have it any other way. A motley collection of canoes and other small watercraft form an impromptu regatta at some point during the weekend, each boat bearing an American flag and excited adults and children, and we work up an appetite paddling around the lake in wavering single file. Sparklers and small fireworks round out the celebration, or perhaps some campfire s'mores if anyone's up for more sugar. Summer weddings in Vermont can bring some of the same feel to your celebration, particularly if you have your wedding at one of the many summer camps that are available for events of all kinds.

Location: Stowe, Vermont.

1/320; f/2.8; ISO 1000; 35.0 mm.

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