We arrived late morning in southern Illinois in Metropolis. Being July 4th, what could be more fitting than feeling some "Truth, Justice, and the American Way" at the Superman Museum. This wasn't a great museum, not very well organized or up with the times, but we certainly had fun. We changed shirts in Clark Kent's phone booth, watched some old clips of the original TV show and then movies, and then staged some fun pictures outside with Superman and Lois Lane. I never liked Jimmy Olson so no pictures with him.
Then we found our way to Watertown, Tennessee for the Fourth of July celebration. We tried to find a celebration in a small town with their own local flavor, and we found it big time in Watertown. We ate at Nona Lisa's Pizzeria where we got to know the owner pretty well. Her name was Katie and she convinced us to hang around for a couple of hours for the festivities. This tiny town has a parade down Main Street (how many other Main Street parades were there today across the country?) which has a theme that goes along with the town name - water. And lots of it. The passengers in the flat bed trucks are loaded with water cannons and other water propelling devices as are most of the spectators lining the half mile path of the parade. It 's a continuous squirt gun, power spray, water balloon and just plain thrown buckets of water battle for over 30 minutes. We were different than most of the town people in that we managed to stay dry, but we were their equals in our ear to ear and constant smiles. With "Proud to be an American" music blaring, it was a fitting end to the day and a perfect ending to another journey in search of what makes America unique.