I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th and enjoyed a long weekend! This particular long weekend felt a little too short to me – I could have easily taken another day to relax and hangout. 🙂 I guess that is the sign of a really good weekend. And this weekend was indeed a really good weekend. It was the perfect balance of staying busy and relaxing.
We spent the actual holiday in Annapolis. Tommy, my mom and I headed out that way around 4pm or so to make sure we got a parking spot and to walk around a bit before the festivities began. We had plans to meet up with our friends George and Allison and a lot of their family members. Prior to heading to Annapolis we enjoyed a leisurely morning. Violet had a play date in our backyard for a couple of hours and I got my HGTV fix in (I have recently become a fan of Property Brothers) before mom and I ran to Safeway to buy goodies for a small BBQ we planned to partake in (amongst ourselves) before driving to Annapolis.
Tommy manned his position at the grill and cooked up some hot dogs, burgers, and corn on the cob. We also had an assortment of chips (BBQ and plain), fresh cherries, and yummy potato salad.
I must say, I was unimpressed with the Annapolis 4th of July parade. It was just bleh – not that many floats or bands or dancers came down our way and the ones that did weren’t anything special. The majority of the “floats” and people we did see were all folks running for office. I can’t figure out if it’s because we were at the very end of the route and parade participants were too tired to finish the parade (it was a 3 mile stretch). We did notice quite a few cars and floats completely driving by our portion of the parade route. Not sure if I want to come back next year to plant myself at the beginning of the parade route to test my theory.
After a lackluster parade, we only hoped the fireworks would be better. There was a 1.5 hour window between the parade ending and the fireworks starting so various people in our group did things to pass the time. Mom, Tommy, and I ducked into Red Red Wine Bar to enjoy some drinks and nibbles.
The standout for the food was definitely the Mediterranean Pizza. I liked the Brie Toast too, but thought it was a tad too sweet.
As we were heading back over to our parade-watching area to meetup with everyone again, the fireworks started! It was pretty good show. We were unable to see a few lower fireworks in the sky due to our vantage point, but it wasn’t too bad.
Getting out of Annapolis after the fireworks? That is a completely different story. It took us about 1.5 hours to get out of the garage we had parked in. Grrrr…Good thing mom, Tommy and I had stopped for ice cream before heading back to the car or we would have been even more grumpy. 😉
Tommy mentioned something on Saturday night that got me thinking (and annoyed me a little too, honestly). He said he felt like (or it seemed) like a majority of folks don’t stop and reflect on the true meaning of July 4th anymore. It’s all just food, drinking and fireworks. I disagreed saying people did all these things with the friends and family because we had to freedom to do so, and in that way we were honoring the meaning of Independence Day on some level.
So I ask you, what do you think? Is there more people can do to honor the true significance of the holiday?