<p>by Heather<\/p><a href="\/media\/wpuploads\/sites\/3\/2015\/07\/AMIBlog_4th-of-July-parade-mike-and-ethan.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-8088" src="\/media\/wpuploads\/sites\/3\/2015\/07\/AMIBlog_4th-of-July-parade-mike-and-ethan.jpg" alt="AMIBlog_4th-of-July-parade-mike-and-ethan" width="700" height="386" \/><\/a><span class="caption">American Meadows owners Mike Lizotte (the Seed Man) and Ethan Platt (inside the truck) posing for the camera as everyone waits for the start of the parade.<\/span>\r\n\r\nThis year American Meadows celebrated the 4th of July by making our debut appearance in Williston's Fourth of July Parade in Williston, Vermont. Everyone in the office pitched in to make this a successful and fun event. Anyone who was available helped decorate the truck and march in the parade to hand out candy and our <a href="http:\/\/www.americanmeadows.com\/red-white-blue-seed-packet">Red, White and Blue seed packets<\/a>. Many of the parade's spectators were pleasantly surprised to receive free wildflower seeds!\r\n\r\n<a href="\/media\/wpuploads\/sites\/3\/2015\/07\/AMIBlog-4th-parade-rwb-seed-packet.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-8087" src="\/media\/wpuploads\/sites\/3\/2015\/07\/AMIBlog-4th-parade-rwb-seed-packet.jpg" alt="AMIBlog-4th-parade-rwb-seed-packet" width="700" height="467" \/><\/a><span class="caption">Our playful, red, white and blue design is perfect for the 4th of July and other patriotic celebrations. Hand out at barbecues, business events, parades, and more. This packet contains quick-blooming red, white and blue wildflowers.<\/span>\r\n\r\nThe AMI staff's children were also able to get involved riding decorated bikes alongside their parents and waving to the crowd. We also have our own professional Scottish bagpipe band on staff. Hazen and Shannon are members of the Catamount Pipe Band, and they volunteered to march in front of the truck and entertain the crowd. And of course, we had to have a couple of "pollinators" in our crew, as you can see in the background in one of the pictures below.\r\n\r\n<a href="\/media\/wpuploads\/sites\/3\/2015\/07\/AMIBlog_4th-of-July-parade-children-with-truck-2.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-8089" src="\/media\/wpuploads\/sites\/3\/2015\/07\/AMIBlog_4th-of-July-parade-children-with-truck-2.jpg" alt="AMIBlog_4th-of-July-parade-children-with-truck-2" width="700" height="553" \/><\/a><span class="caption">Various members of AMI staff members' children preparing to get on their bikes or walk with the adults. Left to Right: Evan, Lily, Cora, Adia, Sadie, Margot, and Eva.<\/span>\r\n\r\n<a href="\/media\/wpuploads\/sites\/3\/2015\/07\/AMIBlog_4th-of-July-parade-hazen-and-shannon-marching.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-8090" src="\/media\/wpuploads\/sites\/3\/2015\/07\/AMIBlog_4th-of-July-parade-hazen-and-shannon-marching.jpg" alt="AMIBlog_4th-of-July-parade-hazen-and-shannon-marching" width="700" height="331" \/><\/a><span class="caption">Hazen and Shannon, who are members of the Scottish bagpipe band, Catamount Pipe Band, performed Scottish bagpipe music as they walked in front of the truck.<\/span>\r\n\r\n<a href="\/media\/wpuploads\/sites\/3\/2015\/07\/AMIBlog-bikes-and-bees.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-8086" src="\/media\/wpuploads\/sites\/3\/2015\/07\/AMIBlog-bikes-and-bees.jpg" alt="AMIBlog-bikes-and-bees" width="700" height="335" \/><\/a><span class="caption">American Meadows employees passing out wildflower seed packets to parade-goers.<\/span>\r\n\r\n<a href="\/media\/wpuploads\/sites\/3\/2015\/07\/AMIBlog_4th-of-July-parade-AMI_truck-en_route.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-8085" src="\/media\/wpuploads\/sites\/3\/2015\/07\/AMIBlog_4th-of-July-parade-AMI_truck-en_route.jpg" alt="AMIBlog_4th-of-July-parade-AMI_truck-en_route" width="700" height="416" \/><\/a><span class="caption">With his daughter sitting next to him, Ethan was the official "float captain" for the parade.<\/span>\r\n\r\n<a href="\/media\/wpuploads\/sites\/3\/2015\/07\/AMIBlog_4th-parade-group.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-8078" src="\/media\/wpuploads\/sites\/3\/2015\/07\/AMIBlog_4th-parade-group.jpg" alt="AMIBlog_4th--parade-group" width="660" height="294" \/><\/a><span class="caption">Left image: Adia, Sadie, and Margot smiling for the cameras. Right image: Ethan and his daughter, Cora, at the end of the parade.<\/span>\r\n\r\nHundreds of people showed up on Saturday to watch the mile-long parade to cheer and wave to parade participants. This year's theme for the Williston fourth of July parade was "Community," and we couldn't think of better way to celebrate community than to share our love for planting. After all, every community starts by putting down roots. We hope that everyone who received our <a href="http:\/\/www.americanmeadows.com\/flower-seed-packets">seed packets<\/a> enjoys watching their red, white, and blue <a href="http:\/\/www.americanmeadows.com\/wildflower-seeds">wildflowers<\/a> grow! For more information on how to grow wildflowers, check out our handy <a href="http:\/\/www.americanmeadows.com\/wildflower-gardening\/wildflower-how-to\/wildflower-seed-planting-instructions">wildflower planting guide<\/a>.\r\n\r\nWe would like to thank everyone at the parade for helping to make this a great way to celebrate the fourth. Lastly, thanks to the town of Williston for naming us Best Business in this year's parade! We look forward to participating again next year, and we hope to see our Vermont customers there too!\r\n\r\n<a href="\/media\/wpuploads\/sites\/3\/2015\/07\/AMIBlog_Best_Business_Award.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-8083" src="\/media\/wpuploads\/sites\/3\/2015\/07\/AMIBlog_Best_Business_Award.jpg" alt="AMIBlog_Best_Business_Award" width="700" height="467" \/><\/a><span class="caption">Best Business ribbon received at the Williston 2015 Fourth of July Parade.<\/span>\r\n\r\nText, Seed Packet and Ribbon photos by Ashley Watson. All other photos taken by Noah Dater.