|Good guess! But this isn't Conrad Alexandre Gerard de Rayneval|
Yesterday was America's 235th birthday, with commemorative parades and fireworks held in towns and cities from coast to coast. While we like to celebrate our independence from the British, we don't always remember the major role that France played in helping our fledgling nation. So, who was Conrad Alexandre Gerard de Rayneval? He was a French diplomat and the first ambassador from any nation to be sent to the revolutionary American colonies in 1778. Sure, France was politically motivated and was seeking revenge after Great Britain won the Seven Years War and the balance of power in Europe shifted in Britain's favor, but without allying ourselves with France and benefiting from their assistance, we may not have had any reason to celebrate yesterday.
So, what would have we missed on the 4th of July?
|Girls with painted faces|
|Patriots on Segways|
|Fife and Drum Corps|
|Dressed up dogs|
|Political parties - the Republican float|
|Crowds of happy people|
|Boaters at Ego Alley waiting for the fireworks|
|Spectacular firework displays|
|Decorated boat slips|