How was your 4th of July weekend?
I took Thursday off and had a great time unplugging and seeing sights with my in-laws in for the weekend. I really love when I feel like I have an excuse to stay away from my chores, the blog, social media, and basically anything that calls for my attention. It was great 🙂
We spent the whole day of the 4th out in the city, seeing sights. We went to the Boston Public Gardens, the Common, and Cheers for a beer.
After the beer, we went to the Boston Statehouse for a tour. I’ve been by it several times, but never realized they did tours. It was actually very interesting and educational. We had a great tour guide. And it was free! Plus, it’s pretty patriotic to go to a statehouse on the 4th, right?
We were originally planning on seeing fireworks on the 4th, of course. But because of predicted bad weather due to Hurricane Arthur, the city of Boston moved their famous fireworks and Boston Pops show up a day, to the 3rd.
This actually worked out in our favor very well because it meant that we had time to get in line for the Pops. The Boston Pops is Boston’s orchestra, who performs every year on the esplanade (a grassy area by the Charles River) for free before the fireworks show.
The Pops were amazing and with them performed Jilly Martin (from American Idol, I guess?), Megan Hilty, who I’d never heard of until then but was amazing, and The Beach Boys. Now that I’ve heard “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” live, I think I can die happy 😉
The whole event was really fun. They gave out free Statue of Liberty hats and American Flags. Although it was very hot that day and we had to wait for a long time before the show, it was definitely worth seeing!
After the 3rd, the rest of the weekend was very cool and rainy, which was actually fine by me because the 3rd took so much energy out of me from the heat. On Friday, we saw How to Train Your Dragon II, which was very cute. I really like that movie series. We went out for brunch and then spent the day in playing cards.
The rain finally cleared up on Saturday, so we went to Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester. I’d never been but it was so pretty.
We spent the morning there before going into town to see the shops and then getting lunch and this really good seafood place. Then we came home and made more seafood for dinner that we picked up a local fish market.
I also can’t forget the many good eats of the weekend.
Pictured is… a “frik” from Saus in Boston (like a homemade hot dog, so fricken good!), fried shrimp from Gloucester and grilled shrimp we made at home, apple-cinnamon caramel French toast for brunch, and an apple cider from Cheers 🙂
It certainly wasn’t long enough of a time with my in-laws, but I’ll take any time over no time at all. It’s so nice having them out, especially in a city there’s so much to do in!
Questions for You:
- Was the 4th affected by weather for you? If so, what did you do?
- What was the highlight of your weekend?