Fourth of July in Utah is pretty big. I mean fireworks are abundant and almost every grocery store has a pop-up stand selling them. The weather was warm, we had beer, burgers, chips and red white and blue cupcakes. So basically everything was centered around food and fireworks, as it should be. The last two years I have been home in San Francisco for the 4th of July so this was my first one since the summer before my freshman year of college. A lot has changed.
We listened to country all day, drank Rainier beer, BBQed, took naps outside and eventually we made it to the park to watch some fireworks. Also, a lot of people have drones. I don't know what the law is on that but it seems super invasive when you're half asleep on the grass and a drone flies over your yard. In Salt Lake City everyone goes to Sugarhouse Park and picnics while waiting for fireworks. This year it was packed with people, families, teenagers, and young adults who bought ice cream from an ice cream van (us, we did that). Luckily, one of the local radio stations seemed to be hosting the pre-fireworks show, so while we were laying on the abnormally large blanket we brought, we listened to some live music and watched the crowd.
Normally in college theres this compulsion to get really, really drunk and party all day on the 4th of July. I totally understand it, partying for America seems like the thing to do on Independence Day. But I am not physically or mentally able to party all day, maybe a few years ago I could but now I don't want to. Also, I think I'd fall asleep by 7 pm at the latest. Not to say we didn't enjoy some beers, and we even made some very American cocktails (Jack + Coke, hello) but I wanted to hang out with some close friends and have a gluttonous BBQ and spend some time together. I began to wonder at around 4 pm how some of my friends had been partying and drinking since 10 AM. This sparked a thought, are my all-day rager days over? I kind of hope so. I don't know how people do it anymore.
It's important that I make clear that I'm not saying people who party all day on the 4th of July are doing it wrong. A year ago I probably would have been doing the same thing, maybe even 6 months ago. But something switched pretty recently and I found that just hanging out and listening to music and eating excessive amounts of chips and guacamole is kind of what I want to be doing now.
I really enjoyed how we prepared for this holiday, we just went to the supermarket (without a list and day of) and went crazy. We bought three different types of chips, tons of hotdogs, cupcakes, donuts, soda, beer, guacamole and salsa ingredients and some paper plates. We didn't make any festive bows or string up lights but it was simple and perfect.
I'm also extremely thankful for my guy friends who figured out what was wrong with the grill, I wasn't getting anywhere near the propane tank for an entirely overly dramatic and mildly lazy reason: I didn't want to get blown up and I didn't want to stand. So without them there would have been no BBQ.
Side note: there are SO many leftovers at my house. I'll be eating like a true American for weeks.
I can't wait to see what the 4th of July is like on Bainbridge Island! But for now I'm just glad I could eat a hamburger, a hotdog, donuts and cupcakes all in the span of a few hours and chalk it up to celebrating independence.
Happy (belated) 4th of July everyone!