Heartfelt human kindness and genuine friendliness
I recently moved here from San Francisco and enjoyed my first amazing Sonoma Fourth of July celebration. I wonder if the locals realize how lucky they are, or if it is all just taken for granted?
I love San Francisco but used to dread the usual 4th of July fog coming in "on little cat feet" to obliterate the fireworks which lofted skyward into the clouds forevermore. San Francisco is well known for crazy and fun events like its Gay Pride parade and Bay to Breakers race, but it has no way of competing with the heartfelt, genuine outpouring of your wonderful, community-spirited day.
The parade may not be filled with fancy-flowered floats like the spectacular Rose Parade, but it is priceless. I loved seeing the truck-trailer beds roll by filled with Sonoma's local heroes, its Boys & Girls Club members, the Mentor program's volunteers, Little League baseball champs and the little fiddlers and the wonderful Town Band!
I've only been here six weeks, but my realtor provided a front-row reserved seat for the parade, then a woman I met while decorating the gym for high school grad night invited me for an afternoon swim and barbecue dinner - and I capped off the holiday with a great viewing spot for the fantastic fireworks just a block from where I now live. Thank you Sonoma for welcoming me with such a display of heartfelt human kindness and genuine friendliness!