Saturday, July 3, 2010

Hometown 4th of July

This is my hometown...

Alameda, California

I took a stroll this afternoon...

to check out the patriotic decorations around town.

This neighborhood is called the "Gold Coast".

Tomorrow the parade will make it's way down Grand Street,

which is in the heart of the "Gold Coast".

It is the 35th Annual Mayor's Fourth of July Parade

and celebrates the volunteer spirit in honor of the residents, community and business members who serve our community.

There will be 135 parade entrants in the Order of March.

It's as classic as parades get.

It's one of my favorite things about our fair island city.

Neighborhoods all over town have block parties.

The homes that line the parade route set up tents and chairs

and serve mimosas and brunch in their front yards.

When the parade is over...

the streets get blocked off,

and the grills get fired up.

Neighbors and friends

come together

to celebrate the birth of our great nation.

It's party time!

Food, Fun, & Fireworks are the order of the day!

The party goes on all afternoon.

People hop from party to party...

until it gets dark.

Because Alameda is an island across the bay from San Francisco,

and across the estuary from the Oakland Coliseum,

we are surrounded by the best

fireworks displays in the Bay Area!

(My Mom's house)
There are many vantage points

from which to view them!

But you have to choose 

whether to see them bursting

over the Bay Bridge 

or over the Oakland Estuary.

There is always an Oakland A's Game

followed by fireworks.

But we usually just walk across the street

with blankets and sparklers,

find a spot on the grass,

snuggle close together, because it's always freezing,

to view the spectacular show over the San Francisco Bay!

We look forward to it each year,

and cross our fingers for a clear evening sky.

What is it about fireworks that makes everyone feel like a kid

and exclaim in unison...


(Our house)

I'll leave you with these photos 

of the most

patriotic house

in our fair town!

Happy 4th!


Kathysue said...

Hi Terri, it all looks so picturesque and sounds so wonderful. Have fun with Chris and Christopher, wish them both a Happy 4th from Kathysue. Love ya!!

PS will your bike be appearing tomorrow all decked out?

Seawashed said...

I just love this!!!! I really do need to go visit my Aunt in Alameda...she is in her 80's and getting a bit forgetful. She's lived in the same tiny house for over 50 yrs...1318 8th Street.

debi said...

That sounds so midwest-homey, how fun and beautiful! Thanks for sharing all those great pics! Happy fourth!

lisaroy said...

All I can say is WOW. Your neighbourhood is absolutely beautiful! So many gorgeous stately homes mixed in with such charmers! It's so nice to see all the patriotic decorations since we Canadians aren't nearly as fun as that! Have a fantastic day with your family and friends. xx

Paris Hotel Boutique said...

HOW FUN! I didn't realize that Alameda had all of that going on. So festive and patriotic! Love it! The houses are so charming too. Well, I'll be at the point tomorrow and then nap, then barb-b-que down the Peninsula. Have a great 4th!

Anonymous said...

That sounds like a perfect 4th of July!

Nita Stacy said...

That's amazing...all those patriotic decorations. Sounds like a lovely way to spend the fourth.

joanna said...

Lovely to look at thanks for taking us on a tour of this beautiful neighborhood and stunning homes.

Wave the flag proudly, and enjoy a safe 4th. You have a lot to celebrate.


Chocolates4Breakfast (Terri ~ Boog) said...

Oh my gosh! What a great tour! Love all the houses all decorated in their red, white, and blue best! Happy 4th!

Anonymous said...

Lovely, let me know when a house goes for sale in your neck of the woods!! Happy Fourth!! xo

Charlotta Ward said...

How amazing to see all the joy and effort that goes into celebrating this important day for your country. Your neighbourhood is beautiful and the decorations fantastic! I wish I could say Australian's made the same effort to celebrate Australia day in January.. Perhaps it's just too hot then to muster the strength..
Sweden (my birth country) is getting better in their attempts and I must say that I feel more and more patriotic as the years go by. Love celebrating the 6th of June!

Anyway, thanks for this post and happy independence day! Hope you have had a fantastic day!

xx Charlotta

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Wow, such gorgeous homes and such wonderful 4th decorations. I don't think I've ever seen that many. Hope you have a Blessed 4th. Hugs, Marty

Angie said...

What an amazing place to live!!!! I wish our town had a great parade! Your right I do NEED a party!! ;) By the way, your Mom's house looks so cute and I LOVE the black framed window on the front of yours!! ;) Happy 4th!!!

Low Tide High Style said...

What a great place to live! I hope you enjoy all of the festivities your lovely town has to offer this 4th of July!

Kat :)

vignette design said...

Hi Terri,
What a great post. Loved all your photos of the homes in Alameda. My house does look a little like it could be in your neighborhood. It was built in 1906. Don't you love the history of this area? Have a great day today! --Delores


I'm moving there!! Now THIS IS spirit!!
EVERYONE in the USA should have a flag out today in honor of our independence!!

Looks like you will be having THE MOST FAB 4th of them ALL!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing... you brought me back to my childhood (IN NJ - and when people actually gave a crap to display love of country like THIS!!!)

HAVE A FAB 4th!!
:D Cheers!

Everything Coastal said...

Hi! I am missing our monthly journey over to Alameda today for the Flea Market.. now I REALLY missing coming over after seeing all of your gorgeous photos. We love driving through the tree-lined neighborhoods, and simply gawking at the Victorian designs and beautiful gardens. Have a wonderful 4th! We will be have some red, white and blue dessert while watching the fireworks in Foster City with the San Mateo bridge in the background, hoping to also see the fireworks from the A's stadium!

Cashon&Co said...

i LOVE the tours you take us on!! This looks like the Americana kind of town I think of in my head. That second house kills's gorgeous. And that last house! You know? usually I don't care for over-the-top decoration for holidays, but i take exception for the 4th of July. This over-the-top Patriotism is something to be admired!!!!!

Trouvais said...

Happy 4th Terri! Looks wonderful. Still miss the kids being grown up and not lining the town streets for the parade. Love the small town enthusiasm...great decorations. Trish

Unknown said...

Killing me softly with this post...killing me softly with this post!!!!
No snow blizzards to deal with and now this!!! Thinking me and my family need to MOVE there! And, haven't forgotten about your bicycle...fully expecting to see these photos, hopefully soon! Hope you are having a great day!

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Now that was just so fun! I actually feel like I went to a party and parade with you!!!

savvycityfarmer said...

I'm in love with your hometown ...

what .... did you take an evening walk to take these pictures?

let's have a good old fashioned chat

swedecollection said...

Oh, that made me so homesick for Alameda.
I used to do my daily walk in the Gold Coast so I could look at the details of every house. Riding my bike was too fast to take it all in. I recognize many homes you posted and they look better than ever. Also remember the purple Jacaranda trees. I love your blog because we share the same interests.

Will @ Bright.Bazaar said...

Oh this was SUCH fun to see your home town all the way over in San Fran (where I dream of visiting) from my laptop here in the UK! I wish I could be in the states to join in the fun celebrations. Hope you had a great fourth, Terri! Will xoxo