The “You’re a Grand Old Flag” Independence Day Parade in Hinsdale started at Garfield and Sixth Streets, continued west on First Street to Grant Street and then returned to Sixth Street. The grand marshal was the U.S. Army Major Mark Andres, starting off a great succession of marching bands, floats, clowns and military re-enactments. There were many neighborhood groups. The streets were lined with many excited faces. I for one was very excited to see my children in the parade, contributing to community with smiling faces. The parade was followed by the second annual family festival on the grounds of Hinsdale Middle School. Children enjoyed a petting zoo, inflatable attractions, games, face painting, pony rides and concessions. The Fourth of July Art and Craft fair is always a huge attraction. The fair continues to grow. I think there were over 70 entries this year. It’s exiciting to see Hinsdale maintain a downhome feel for its residents over this yearly holiday festival.