Yesterday was probably the most memorable 4th of July of the past few years (though not quite as memorable as the time I was hit by a firework!). In the afternoon we went to a 4th of July party which, I have to admit, was kind of boring. That night, however, was the highlight of the day.
We go to see the fireworks every year. Usually we leave early so we can find a good parking spot; then, when we inevitably can’t find a parking spot, we end up walking for forever to get to a super-crowded beach so we can watch a fifteen-minute firework display. Then we leave during the finale so that we don’t have to fight the traffic. Sound fun?
These past two years have been different, and a whole lot better! According to Mapquest, we have to walk 0.33 miles to get from our house to the beach. It’s pretty awesome. And on the 4th of July, it’s even better–no worries about parking or leaving early.
Last night, we made our way to the beach. The beach and sidewalks were covered with people, and cars were backed up as far as you could see. Surprisingly, there are always very few people on the pier, so we ended up getting the best view in the least crowded area. From that spot, you not only get a great view of the fireworks display; you can see other fireworks going off up and down the coast. It’s a pretty amazing sight.
The whole time we were out there, the wind was trying to drag us off the pier. About five or ten minutes into the show, we started getting wet. We figured that it was just spray from the waves; after another five minutes we decided it was rain and started walking home.
When we reached the end of the pier, it was no longer the spray of a distant storm carried in by the wind. It was really raining now, and people began to stream toward their cars. We ran all the way home, and despite the fact that we were soaking wet, pretty cold, and couldn’t see because of the water in our eyes, it was a lot of fun! We missed the finale, but, frankly, I’d rather run home in the rain than watch the end of something I get to see every year.
How was your 4th of July? I hope it was drier than mine! 😉