2016 where have you gone?
I still can’t believe it’s already July!
I’ve always been a BIG fan of the fourth (even more so now since my husband is currently serving in the military). These fine men, women and their families sacrifice EVERYTHING just so we can live our day to day lives freely. These people do not want praise or glory and are often overlooked and go unrecognized for things that they have done for our country. Freedom isn’t free, there is always a price to pay. So even though it’s only one day out of the year, remember the real reason why we celebrate the fourth.
With it being our first fourth of July in Hawaii, our plan (to no one’s surprise) was to spend the day at the beach. We weren’t quite sure how early we would need to leave the house to secure a prime beach spot, so we planned on getting there at the crack of dawn LITERALLY, we watched the sun rise (which might I add was beautiful). It was good judgement on our part, seeing as the beach parking lot was almost full by the time we arrived at 5:30am (I’m talking like 3 spots left). But we braved the crowds, claimed our land and set up camp.
We went to Kailua Beach which in my opinion is the most beautiful beach on the island, great for people watching and is only 3 miles from our house. Over the course of the day we saw…
- Two little girls get stung by jellyfish
- A search team helicopter looking for someone? I still don’t know the whole story
- A guy spearfishing
- A Macaw casually hanging out in a tree
- A man who apparently has trained the local pigeons
- A lot of interesting swimwear choices
- Many people “attempting” to be athletic on their kayaks and paddle boards (quite entertaining to watch)
- Boogey boarders who were absolutely killing it
- The blue angels flying over (well one to be exact, so I guess it would be singular, blue angel)
- A lot of AMERICA!
Other than that, our fourth was just like everyone else’s… Cold beers, hot grills, good friends, yummy food and NOT ENOUGH sunscreen (yep, we are SUPER burnt).
Alright, it’s time to talk fireworks.
Fireworks are a hit or miss in my book. Some firework shows are short, have no variety and are just plain underwhelming. Well… not Hawaii! I was SO impressed with how amazing their fireworks were. You could tell they spent a lot of time and spared no expense at bringing the best show that they could to the people. I may be partial since I live here now or maybe it was the blue ocean in the background, but it was definitely the best firework show I’ve seen. Hawaii, you’re going to be a tough one to beat!
I hope you all had a great fourth! I know we sure did!