I was something in the 60s but now I'm just sixty something.

Oh Me, Oh My, What a 4th of July!

on July 3, 2019

Does your town do this?

A funny thing happened on the way to the San Diego Big Bay Boom fireworks on the 4th of July. They all went off at once five minutes before the scheduled beginning of the show. The newspapers referred to this as “premature ignition”. I’m not sure how the pyrotechnician feels about this term. Sounds to me like he has a problem and now the whole world knows about it.

Much can go wrong in a day and it can still remain near perfect. Independence Day in Coronado is like that. It’s a day out of a Normal Rockwell painting. Being a Navy town, it’s celebrated with extreme enthusiasm and nothing can really spoil it. The locals decorate more for the 4th than for Christmas and dress proudly (and often outlandishly) in red, white, and blue. Thousands of people cross the bridge to Coronado to participate in the festivities. We invited eight people and a couple of Chihuahuas to add to the fun and moved our cars to the street to reserve parking spaces.

Just for the record, it does rain in California. It rained on our parade. But not enough to dampen the town’s spirit. We still had our bands, horses, canine companions, and lots of military out marching in full regalia. And we had the garbage truck. I’m not sure I get the garbage truck being in the parade but it did have a great big American flag draped across the front. I wondered if it was just trying to get to the other end of town to pick up the dumpsters. You know, “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em”. Traffic can be a problem here .

Leave the car at home.

I’ve already made plans to make the 4th better next year. I think we should cook dinner instead of lunch so we won’t be in a food coma and miss the afternoon concert. I’ll make more deviled eggs and fewer ribs. I’ll do the “bike around the island” or the fun run or something that doesn’t involve eating and drinking. (Although I suspect some of those bikers had knocked back a few,) And I’m counting on San Diego to get it right with the fireworks.

In the end though, it won’t matter what I do. It will be a great day regardless. It isn’t about the parade, fireworks, or food. It isn’t even about the company. It’s about celebrating the privilege of living in America.

How did you wave your flag?

Sempir fi!

Pearl Harbor survivor and parade official.

5 responses to “Oh Me, Oh My, What a 4th of July!

  1. Pat Coates says:

    Loved it. Thanks for continuing to post your blog.

  2. Scott Miner says:

    Happy Fourth my friends! Mexico doesn’t celebrate the day, their Independence is in September. I may drive Uber/Lyft tomorrow and hope I don’t get any revelers puking in the car. it’s all fun and games until somebody pokes an eye out with a cherry bomb.

  3. Janice Sarto Mathis says:

    Happy 4th you guy’s. Loved your story and glad yall had a great time. We will have Bob’s family over to have the 5th on the river. We learned that “Locals” (which we are now) don’t get out on the river with the holiday crazy’s. So Kayaking, BBQ and a over sized Jenga game in the back yard will be our day. There are fireworks stands on very corner so I am sure tonight we will hear them all go off.

  4. Sally smith Pasley says:

    Each is a great read, Philis. Reread Reunion ‘68 and got dang mad once again that I couldn’t get there. Got a new blog name yet? Seventy sounds incredibly old to me. Think I’ll stay in my sixties. I never did that “ I’m 39 years old” thing..Might do it now at 69 glad you’re happy at SLO… 🤗
    Sally Smith Pasley

    • sixtiestosixties says:

      I was really hoping to see you at the reunion. Sorry you couldn’t make it. I have been wondering about my blog title . Time is running out. Maybe I’ll just call it sixtiestosixtiesandthensome. 😄

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