Saturday, July 05, 2008

Pros and Cons of the Fourth of July in Seattle

I'll start with the Pro list, since it's MUCH shorter:

1. the fireworks
2. Matt gets the day off of work

Now here's the Con list:

1. paying to have the dog in overnight care so we can . . .
2. leave at 6:15 to take the bus to Fremont
3. walk from the bus stop to Gasworks park
4. Enter the battle zone of the WaMu Fourth of July festivities complete with blasting 80's pop and miles long lines for all of the vendors
5. Find a place to sit on a very steep hill
6. Plunk down at 7:30 for a 10:00 fireworks show
7. Only have semi-interesting snacks to eat since I'm terrible at packing for this stuff
8. Kill 2 1/2 hours waiting for fireworks with two children who are not amused
9. Get crowded in by like maybe 50,000 people who are also there to see the fireworks
10. Crane neck and shift body around because even though you've been there for 2 1/2 hours other people have no issue standing in front of you because they just arrived and there is no where to sit or they are just assholes and want to set their tripod up right in front of you
11. File out back to the bus stop
12. Wait roughly 50 minutes for the bus to come because traffic is so awful
13. Ride home with drunks, crazy people and small children up close to four hours past their bedtime
14. Get to bed at midnight

So I don't know. Worth it? I'm thinking no. I miss the days of my childhood when we saw the small town fireworks show at the local park. Maybe the fireworks show wasn't as spectacular, but the rest of the experience greatly overshadowed what we did yesterday.

Matt and I talked about going somewhere else for the 4th in the future. Like to his parents or to Olympia or something where there are fun festivities and a small fireworks show.


  1. There are tons of smaller "family friendly" events in outlying areas, including parades your kids can participate in.I'm sure your kids also pick up on your frustration making matters worse.

    Besides, younger children would be happy if you lit off sparklers, maybe save the big events for a few years.

  2. I know what you mean, Sybil. I hated the 4th of July festivities up there because there were just SO MANY people. It's much nicer here, where the towns are very small. I thought I was brave enough to get to Dallas this year, but we went to Midlothian instead. Much smaller-much better. The kids got to run around and have a good time and I got to sit and relax and be able to watch them as they ran around.

    Allan said Portland has AWESOME fireworks displays. He lived there when he was younger and said they were his very favorite.

    BTW--the girls are so beautiful and you look great! :D

  3. yeah, i'm all about getting out of dodge-- but you already know my general thoughts on the holiday! and i second that most kids would have just as much fun with sparklers anyway!

  4. We never bother trying to go downtown anymore for fireworks. Last time we went (before EJ was born) we got stuck in horrendous traffic on the way home and stupid drunk people threw m80's under our car as we were driving by and they went off just after we drove over them. I've decided it is too much of a pain in the ass and too dangerous to go to city fireworks anymore.


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