In which we celebrated with Illuminations

For the 4th of July, Jeff’s friend Tom graciously asked us on his boat to watch the fireworks on Lake Union. I’m fully enamored with this holiday: fireworks, food, patriotism, summer – it’s perfect. Add watching the display from a boat, and it was even more so.

Cloud rolling in, but they quick rolled back out

Cloud rolling on to Lake Union, but they quickly rolled back out

John Adams, who erronously thought it would be July 2nd that would mark the date, wrote to his dear Abigail:

“The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.”

We brought Texas caviar, 24 pimento cheese sandwiches, strawberries and blueberries with whipped cream and watermelon vodka on board with us. We were popular.

We brought Texas caviar, two dozen pimento cheese sandwiches,  almond cake with strawberries and blueberries and whipped cream and watermelon vodka on board with us. We were popular.

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The view from the city was amazing

The view of the city was amazing

Ah, this city at night!

Ah, this city at night!

There was a fire on some boats in dry down in North Lake Union - fortunately no one was hurt, but $1.5 million in damages was done.

There was a fire on some boats in dry down in North Lake Union right before the show – fortunately no one was hurt, but $1.5 million in damages was done.

Getting read to watch the show

Getting read to watch the show

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They light the fireworks off a barge parked right in front of Gas Works Park. Around 50,000 people crowd onto the hill to watch – so very thankful we were on a boat and not fighting the crowds!

Happy 4th!

Happy 4th!

 

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