Or at least where I prefer to spend my 4th of July holiday ... In the middle of nowhere.
Upside - Not many people. I saw two eagles, or they saw me. We watched each other for quite a while.
Downside - It was hot. The green shriveled as I watched.
Upside - The dogs could run themselves ragged,
Downside - It was hot. After 30 minutes, the dogs preferred the air conditioned vehicle to roaming the countryside.
Additional Downside - Panting, drooling dogs with dog breath wanting to be right next to me the whole trip home. Panting and drooling. And licking the top of my ice tea bottle. And hogging the air conditioning vents.
Upside - They'll sleep good tonight. At least they will after the neighborhood fireworks quit, around 2am or so.
Now off to the cool of the basement to work on a woodblock print. I'll venture out later to watch the fireworks. I can see the big, city-wide display from the comfort of my own front porch on the backside of the city limits, because I know the four thousand citizens + who descended on the park for the parade/hot dog feed/road race/mud tug will be out there at the events center. If I'm very lucky, the mosquitoes will have snacked on them all day, and will ignore me this evening.
So you other Americans out there, what did you do for the 4th? Go anywhere special? See anything interesting?