Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Hometown Holiday

In preparation for tomorrow's festivities I thought I would re-post my 2010 4th of July tribute to my Hometown.

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!



YONKS said...

I hope to see as many photos of the parade and celebrations, it looks like quite an even.
Happy 4th from across the pond!

The enchanted home said...

Wow I see patriotism is alive and well in Alameda...that patriotic house is something! All beautiful and theres no such thing as too much of the American flag.....we are all so lucky to live in this great country of ours. Hope you enjoy your hoilday!

Burlap Luxe said...

Love your house the best, that black trim is just great!
Have a beautiful day my friend, keep inspiring all your beauty.

H a p p y 4th !


Urban Orchard Interiors said...

I love "The Island." We almost bought our house there but ended up in Berkeley. But during our search got to know Alameda pretty well and I was so impressed with the neighborhoods and all the beautiful homes. Plus Frederica Von Stade lives there! It looks like such a fun day--and didn't we have great weather? Hope you had a great holiday and look forward to seeing pics of the parade.


cjsullivan133 said...

Alameda is the Best! I spied yur moms' house in one of these photo's! The Kaiser Mansion is my favorite house in Alameda. Just last month a cool cottage was for rent across the street from it: it rented out in 5 minutes!

Unknown said...

cute ;)

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