8 Down; 5 To Go

fireworksWe checked off another of the events on the 13 in 13 list last week. Again, the event occurred despite being weather challenged. We planned to invite a few friends and family members to join us on the 4th of July to enjoy the fireworks displays of our neighbors.

For the last seven or eight years John and I have watched fireworks from the comfort of home since several residents on the lake set off fireworks that rival those of many local communities so we decided we should really share the generosity of our neighbors.

A simple plan…hot dogs, beans, potato salad, pie, cobbler, homemade ice cream…entertainment provided by neighbors. Nature provided some fireworks in addition to those we expected, but that didn’t stop us.

I think we’ve proven weather will not prevent us from having a good time, but I have begun to plan ahead for more weather challenges as we complete the final events on our list.

Barbara, my roommate at WCU, joined us for the 4th!
Barbara, my roommate at WCU, joined us for the 4th!

Best Place to Spend the 4th of July

Yesterday I saw a friend’s picture from her hotel room in Hoboken, NJ where she’ll be watching the fireworks over New York City for this year’s 4th of July celebration. Watching the fireworks with the Manhattan skyline in the background’s one of the best places in the country to spend the 4th.

New Orleans “Dueling Barges” fireworks display

New York City, Boston, and Washington, DC rank at the top of most of the “best places to spend the 4th of July” lists. Last year we spent the 4th in another of the “best of” cities: New Orleans. Here we watched the fireworks display launched from the “Dueling Barges” on the Mississippi River. From our hotel room we observed the floating barges trying to outdo one another. Best of all, without the noise or crowds.

This year we’ll be spending the day at the lake, our traditional spot to enjoy the holiday fireworks. I can’t say there’s a better place to spend the 4th – no traveling or hotel rooms or crowds or traffic…just sit back, relax, and enjoy the hard work of others! I’m glad this spot isn’t on any “best of” list…better to keep it a secret.