The June gloom burned off just in time for Montrose's "July Fourth Weekend Block Party and Hot Rod Show."
The 2300 to 2400 blocks of Honolulu Avenue had a lot to offer for those looking for a slice of Americana and something to do before it was dark enough for fireworks. There were activities for the kids, a vintage hot rod car show and a farmer's market. The celebration started at 9 a.m. and wrapped up at 2 p.m.
"It's better than I thought it would be," Sharon McDonald said. "It seems two times bigger than it was last year."
Many stores on Honolulu Avenue opened on the holiday in hopes of attracting some shoppers. A number of vendors also filled the street, selling books, food, vinyl records and more.
There were pony rides and a small petting zoo, and the Montrose Bounce Company set up several bounce houses and an obstacle course for kids looking to expend some energy before watching fireworks.