Peace is always beautiful…Walt Whitman
I always love the energy of the July 4th holiday weekend. There is a true celebration of summer in the air and it feel like the world comes to a halt for a brief moment. I hope you enjoyed some of that special weekend vibe with whatever makes you most happy.
Scott and I share a mutual awe and admiration for fireworks. We actually recounted the ones we have witnessed during our time together and evaluated them based on display, sequence and overall presentation. This may sound a little extreme to you, but I guess this is how we roll.
Austin Symphony July 4th Concert & Fireworks
So of course we found our way rolling to the Austin Symphony July 4th Concert & Fireworks this past Saturday night. We had ones of those brief moments where we almost did go. At the last minute, we realized our outdoor chairs were too heavy to carry, we were out of bug spray (if we ever had any), and had no clue where to park. The moment was brief because we decided to pull it all together and just get in the car and go. Sometimes life is best lived this way. You cannot overthink anything! Just take your hand off the parking break and go forward.
We were so glad we did! Parking was really a breeze, and once you were in downtown Austin there were so many people that looked like they were headed to a fireworks celebration that the logistics became a piece of cake. Being in a newer city can be overwhelming sometimes because it can be hard to know what to expect from a situation. The up side is that you get to experience some really cool and unique things that you would not otherwise.
This firework display attracts about 100,000 visitors a year. Say what? No I am not adding extra zeroes in the form of a typo. There is legitimately a huge crowd of people that attends every year. I even lost Scott in the sea of people for a period of time. We continued our walk across the bridge to head out to Lady Bird Lake to check out the scene. As we got closer the scene unfolded and many people had already staked out their claim of space for the celebrations. Everyone was dressed in red, white and blue and in very happy spirits.
Next time I definitely want to be kayaking or doing SUP floating on the water! Talk about a view and a really cool place to boot. There were small colored lights draped around for effect too. It was completely charming. Imagine a little bug spray outage almost put the kibosh on our fun.
We walked around and navigated between a lot of different food trucks and small craft booths with an array of merchandise. The Austin Symphony was ringing true to the night and playing swing music and patriotic tunes. They continued on through the display which added a really nice backdrop to the fireworks once they began.
There was a spare area on the lawn where we decided to camp out for the foreseeable future. Just in time! Shortly after we settled in the sky began to get fairly dark and the fireworks were imminent.
The fireworks displayed in the air were an amazing display of colors. It made our New Jersey fireworks seem almost quaint in comparison. The colors, the crowds and the energy of the concert playing in the background made this all a very memorable experience that was very unique to Austin. My pictures (i-Phone captured) do not remotely do it justice.
This has been a tradition in the city for the past 35 years. Kudos to all of the amazing sponsors who made such a momentous event possible. Plus all of the talent musicians in the symphony who dedicated their time to rehearsals and the performance.
Happy July 4th everyone!
Thank you to the brave men who have served and are currently serving in the armed forces. We are all so grateful for what you do for our country.
Have a wonderful Monday, and I will see you tomorrow with a new workout!
Question of the Day:
- Do you every let little things deter you from your plans?
- How was your holiday weekend?
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