Led by the familiar sounds of a fire engine, and with the street flanked on both sides by neighbors chatting while a small parade of kids playing music walks by, The Washington St. 4th of July Parade in Champaign is pure Americana, and not the bad kind.
It's a good way to just have a taste of a parade on this idyllic American day, without having to manage the crowds, the heat, and the nationalistic circle jerk. It's also a safe place to take kids:
And Spider-Man showed up, which on a day like today, you have to tip your proverbial cap:
Happy 4th of July to those who feel like it's still worth celebrating.