happy 4th of july!

We have already started celebrating our long weekend and it’s been a blast, so far!

Things are going to be pretty busy around here for the next few days. We have a ton of family in town for a local event, and so it will be nice to get to visit, if but briefly.

We started the holiday weekend by going to the annual fireworks display near our house. Our tradition is to arrive early and have a leisurely dinner at the nearby restaurant, then stake out a spot along the lake with camp chairs and glow sticks and snacks. There is a DJ playing music, people dancing, vendors selling refreshments and all kinds of fun.

The weather had been sketchy all afternoon, with drizzles of rain and rumblings of thunder. On the plus side, this meant that the crowds didn’t show up til way later, AND that it was pretty cool and breezy with no trace of mosquitos or other blood-thirsty bugs. It could not have been more pleasant, really. When the show started at about 9:45, it was wonderful to just kick back and enjoy the lights and music.

After the show, we headed back to the restaurant for dessert while the traffic cleared out. It was super late by the time we headed home (And even later because I left my phone on the table – fortunately, the server was an honest kid and the hostess is my friend’s daughter, so it all worked out).

It was about 2:00 in the morning by the time I finally fell asleep, but I still managed to squeeze in a 3.1 mile run, even though it was way too hot and late in the day by the time I got to it. Next time, I’ll suck it up and set the alarm.

We will spend the rest of the day with my parents and cousin, and hopefully get to see some more fireworks from our house tonight.  I really can’t think of a nicer way to say Happy Birthday to this country of ours.

How are you celebrating the 4th of July?
Do you go see the fireworks in your town or do you prefer to watch on TV?

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4 Responses to happy 4th of july!

  1. jan says:

    The pictures are so cute, especially the glow stick glasses! You definitely are starting the weekend off right. Good job getting your run in! We ran a 5k last night but no other 4th festivities so far.
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    • runswithpugs says:

      There were two semi-local races I really wanted to run, but there was just no way I was going to be able to get up and get going after last night. There’s always next year.

  2. Looks like you’re having a great time with your family! I love Little Man’s Old Navy t-shirt! I bought them every Fourth of July for my guys when they were little! Thanks for the happy flashback! 🙂
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