Wednesday, June 17, 2009

A West Franklin Street Tradition

Our neighbors in the 3300 block of West Franklin Street host an annual block party to celebrate Independence Day, and the tradition has grown for over 35 years. What started out as a 4th of July barbecue, now includes several days of fun events, and each year the block residents vote on a theme and a new mayor of the block.

The 2009 celebration theme is "Stars and Strikes" and will simulate a bowling party over several days. On the 2nd of July, families living on the block will have an outdoor movie, complete with popcorn and cartoons. The night of the 3rd, the neighbors bring their grills around front and each home hosts guests for the block party, which includes the parade, a DJ for dancing and turkey bowling at the end of the evening. By the time the 4th rolls around, the residents are ready to relax with a special breakfast including a bloody mary contest and hot dogs later in the day for the tired revelers.

Maury Place is excited to be a part of this long time Richmond event by hosting some of the many guests from the 3300 block.