What a huge undertaking it is for those who donate their time and energy to organize and put on the festival events. Months of planning and endless hours are given by hundreds of volunteers to make our town a focal point for so many to come and play — and spend lots of money.
From the car show on the last Sunday in July to the spectacular fireworks show that wraps it all up on the following Saturday.
Do the estimated 150,000 people that line the Grand Parade route and enjoy the 100-plus entries ever give any thought to the numerous individuals it took to pull that off? Those generous souls that were there early that day making sure floats were in the right spot and that they were following the correct entry ahead of them.
It sounds simple, but someone had to coordinate that activity, and let’s not forget the people who were involved building those floats. If nobody did that, there would be no floats.
For any of us that griped when battling traffic after the fireworks — shame on you. Instead of complaining about how long it took, maybe you should have thanked the police officers who were directing traffic and helping keep everyone safe. How long would that have taken if we didn’t have their help?
As for the festival-goers who lined our downtown for a solid week, we simply say thanks. Thanks for respecting our town and for not destroying it, as could so easily happen. We hope you had fun, and we hope to see you again next year.
God bless the Coast Guard, and God bless Coast Guard City, USA.
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