Leading up to the Fourth of July weekend I had very little in the way of plans. I had debated hosting a BBQ, had a couple of invites to go out-of-town, and had a list of things I could do around the house. I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do, but everything came together right before the weekend. It was an awesome couple of days and the perfect mix of relaxation and activity, spending time with friends and getting things done on my own. For the Fourth itself I had a low-key day at home and mostly focused on prepping these delicious treats for the BBQ I headed to that evening: I saw these dessert skewers on Pinterest a while ago (originally from here) and was SO excited to finally make them! Not only did they look festive but they tasted great and everybody loved them! I followed this recipe pretty directly but I’m sure there are a ton of delicious combinations out there! Pound cake with strawberries and chocolate marshmallows; angel food cake with pineapple and coconut; brownies and graham cracker coated marshmallows; there are a million possibilities. In the evening I headed over to a friend’s house for said BBQ and it was so fun to just hang out and chat with everyone for a while. After dinner we went to a nearby parking lot where we could watch the Albany fireworks from across the river (along with some other random firework displays). It was a blast seeing so many fireworks and was a really great night. On Saturday I spent the morning doing some stuff around the house and went for a bike ride along the Mohawk River. It was a gorgeous day and it felt so good to get out and be active for a while; especially considering that I spent my afternoon in the car headed to Maine for the remainder of the weekend! I got to Maine right before the fireworks started so I got to watch a couple different displays on the beach with my friends. After the fireworks we went to the local arcade and played some Skee-Ball and various other games. I normally give away my tickets (since I don’t typically accumulate much and don’t need pencil erasers or stuffed animals) but this time I decided to cash them in for some pretty rad temporary tattoos. We meant to put them on that night but totally forgot so I’ve been carrying dinosaur and BFF Forever temporary tattoos in my wallet ever since. :-P The next day I FINALLY got to cross something off my “to do” list that has been on there for a couple of years (yes, years) – fly a kite on the beach. The crazy thing is, when I agreed to visit my friends in Maine, I had no idea where they were staying. The beach that was right outside of their hotel was the exact beach I had in mind when I said I wanted to fly a kite on the beach. They were staying in Wells and I used to go up there with my family when I was a kid so I know the beach there very well (and love it). First thing in the morning, we headed down to the beach and put our kites to good use. My kite – a turtle that I named Herbert – had a little difficulty at first; it kept “nose diving” into the sand rather than flying up in the sky. After several attempts it seemed to catch the right air current and stayed up in the air for a good period of time. I’m glad we did this early in the morning because there weren’t that many people on the beach. It gave us more free rein to run around and we didn’t have to worry as much when the kites bombed into the sand. After a while we called it quits with the kites but I definitely want to do it again soon! I knew it would be fun but I really loved it! I felt like a kid again running after it, trying to get it to stay up in the air. It was such a great time. The rest of the afternoon we spent just hanging out on the beach, reading books and magazines, and sticking our toes in the water (I stayed along the water’s edge since it was freezing but my friends are braver than I am and waded out into the waves several times). I’m so glad I decided to make the trip up there because it really was the best weekend. And yes – I did stay pasty white the entire weekend, just the way I like it. ;)
What did you do on the 4th? Do you typically stay home? Host a BBQ? Go to a friend or family member’s? Do you travel? I think the 4th might be one of my favorite holidays – it has good food, good company, and fireworks. It’s pretty tough to compete with that.