Happy 4th!

I’m ending my unexpected blogging hiatus with a Happy 4th of July!

We had been looking forward to our first one here in Seattle, since everyone has been telling us how busy and buzzing it is. Also, it’s the official ‘beginning’ of Summer in Seattle (which is, just quietly, another clue to the state of the weather here!)

It didn’t disappoint. On the evening of the 3rd, the giant (and we hoped firework-laden) barge pulled out into the centre of the lake, clearly ‘glimpsable’ from our living room. Cue insane excitement from the kids. (You can imagine how long it really seems for the fireworks to start, when you start waiting a full 24 hours before!)

And then the 4th dawned with blue skies and perfect sunshine. We walked up to beautiful Queen Anne where houses were decorated with flags, and the house-proud QA locals were out tending their beautiful and perfectly manicured gardens. We met some friends for a lovely, chilled play at a nearby park and took some photos.

After a late afternoon nap (mostly for Evan, although I may or may not have have fallen asleep on the couch. I admit nothing) we had dinner and then walked down to South Lake Union, where families were doing the usual picnic blanket/snacks/games/waiting around thing you do before watching fireworks. It was really nice to just be able to walk down and stroll around, just hanging out. At this point, we felt SO lucky and grateful to be living so close! There was a band, food, flags, and painted faces, and just a generally festive and very patriotic feeling. Much more so than you get on Australia Day – at least without a sense of irony or sarcasm.

The fireworks start at 10pm, which is so late, but necessary since it’s actually not dark until then! We decided to head home to throw the kids into a bath before the show, for a speedier be-awed-by-fireworks-and-then-shove-them-into-bed-as-quickly-as-possible process.

Our landlord knocked on the back door at this point and invited us to join the rest of his tenants on the rooftop of his apartment building (just behind our place.) YAY! We joined them for a bit of small talk and waiting.

And then it was all: “Wow! Look! Wow! A red one! A green one! A star! Wow!” and various other exclamations. Evan didn’t stop talking from the start of the show to the finish. “I’m not scared!” “This is fun!” and similar.

Once the show was over, it was all: yawn yawn yawn – but that was all of us. πŸ™‚

Here are some pics from the day.


People arriving at Gas Works Park


The fireworks barge


Happy 4th, Space Needle!


People at South Lake Union


Ready to go!

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12 thoughts on “Happy 4th!

  1. What a wonderful day and night, I remember well our “Happy 4th” many years ago in Washington DC; this little girl (looked very much like Evan) dancing on stage with the Beach Boys! πŸ˜€

  2. Sounds like you all had a lovely time, we have all enjoyed viewing your spectacular photo’s! So happy to hear you have enjoyed your first ‘4th of July’ experience!! xx

  3. She was at the same age of Evan’s…and when the music stopped, the mass audience clapped, she bowed beautifully, I was most impressed too and oh so proud! πŸ˜€

  4. Americans overtly demonstrate their patriotism – Australians don’t. Irony is humour based on opposites but Australians turn irony on its head so that it is the opposite of the opposite – a way of rubbishing something that we actually admire. That’s because we are at the bottom of the world. Sarcasm is the lowest form or wit. The Australia Day madness that you have seen on television in Australia is not sarcasm but mostly young people driven by nationalist marketing, which is not patriotism. It’s generated by mass media seeking commercial advantage – and this probably happens in the US. The real Australia Day is reflected in the ceremonies of thousands of migrants from around the world swearing allegiance to Australia – just as migrants swear their allegiance to the United State of America. Thank goodness we have the US and Australia.

    • Thank Goodness for sure! Our friends went to a naturalisation ceremony at the Seattle Centre on the day – reminded me of the Australia Day ceremony. I wasn’t thinking of that madness – I guess you mean the Southern Cross tattoos and stuff – I’m sure that craziness does happiness in lots of countries. It just struck me how overtly and genuinely demonstrative they are here on 4th July, no irony in sight from what I could tell.

  5. I also meant to say that the photos were great and of corse I loved the one of my little mate. I see that picnickers had umbrellas – to protect from the sun or as an insurance against rain? What a great landlord you have.

    • I think to protect from the sun – they had been out there most of the afternoon I guess, and it was a lovely clear day. Evan loved it, he was talking about it the next day, and when we put him to bed that night he said “I close my eyes and see fireworks!” Yes, he was really nice – it was a perfect view. πŸ™‚

  6. The photo’s look amazing – I was so happy to hear that the kids enjoyed the fireworks and weren’t scared. How brave are they! So wonderful to be able to view the fireworks from the rooftop – very lucky indeed! An experience you and the kids will always remember – beautiful!
    Love, Lucy xoxo

    • Yes, I was worried they were going to be scared too, I kept reminding them over and over it was going to be loud, but they were totally fine! We were so lucky, it was a perfect view. πŸ™‚

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