Friday, July 5, 2013

July 4th on the valley floor

July is one of the most magical times of year in our community.  The night before last Boo and I walked around our neighborhood in the dark chasing early fireworks. And we weren't the only ones doing it we crossed paths with several groups doing the same.  Everyone was so friendly!  In the end we sat down in our own front yard and watched the sky explode.  

Boo pausing on the trail to watch fireworks coming from the neighborhood.

Admittedly fireworks aren't my favorite thing but July 4th down on the valley floor has changed how I feel about them.  Each year we bike in the last of the daylight to the International Peace Gardens and find a comfy spot on the grass to relax.   

 The feel at the park is amazing, lit by glow-sticks and fireworks the members of our community sit together and enjoy the place we live.  A little girl much younger than Boo gave her glow-sticks.  It was incredibly sweet.  And there is something overwhelming about celebrating freedom among so many different nationalities.  One of Glendale's best qualities is its diversity.   

Boo's headlamp

 The magic happening down in the glen is addictive, Boo's older sister has been joining us for the 4th for a few years now.  She brings a big group of her 20-something-year-old friends with her who can't believe how amazing the whole thing is. A bbq on the farm then at dusk a walk/ride/skate down the river path (and back in the dark night *the best part!*), a huge fireworks show, and pleasant crowds. 

Mom, Ax, & Boo waiting for the big fireworks to start.
Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
 Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave? 

 Happy 4th of July!!! 

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