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4th of July for a Foreigner

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4th of July for a Foreigner

Carla

Going all out for July 4

Going all out for July 4

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I dont know how the upcoming elections will pan out on October. I decided that I will make the most out of the beauty and freedom espoused wonders of the United States of America pre-Trump. Help us God.

I have been dodging July 4 celebrations for the last 5 years because of the heat or all the invites I've been getting are all at night in some swanky overpriced rooftop filled with women dressed in bandage dresses or Patricia Fields' clothes for the set of SATC.  

This year I have consciously made the decision to celebrate it, American style.- whatever it is. We headed out at 11 am looking for barbecue. The restos were closed which annoyed Dan because theire websites said otherwise. Sad thing is, we ended up in Shake Shack- the closest thing we had to grilled burgers. 

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Roasted pig anyone?  

Roasted pig anyone?  

I remember standing by the corner of our apartment building last year, not really seeing the fireworks, so we decided go on a boat.  

The boat was delayed. We walked from the subways to the end of 12th street. We waited for 30 minutes for our assigned boat.  

It was filled with tourists... We all know New York is not good for tourists. Its expensive and the hotels are tiny and it is packed.. Its chaos. 

We dodged the mandatory photos before going to the boat. 

The boat was okay.. Its not a yacht. It'a floating metal with metal chairs.  

Dan was annoyed because the food were only hotdogs and cookies that were bought in bulk from costco. 

Alcohol weren't free too... So its just basically seeing all the tourists spots for 4 hours.

We were in a boat with tourists taking selfies and photos every 30 secs. People were dressed in different representations of the flag.  

The music was loud. In every tourist activity in NYC, expect to hear the New York state of mind by Alicia keys or Jay-Z

The 21 year olds were having the most fun. I just wanted to go home because I was cold from the rain and I can no longer drink like my 21 year old self. And I was scared that the other boats were going to tip over. People would normally crowd on one side of the boat for a better view. Luckily, none of that happened. 

Sycheonized fireworks along the Hudson River

Sycheonized fireworks along the Hudson River

As expected the younger ones olds were the only ones dancing  nonstop to Bruce Springsteen, AC/DC and Neil Diamond and Ofher patriotic hits from the 80s. The non-millenials and kids below 10yo seeked shelter in the lower decks. 

Note to parents: do not bring your kids. Festivities will end late and you will end up stuck in a boat with sleepy grumpy kids. It will be torture for you and them.

 Bring a raincoat and a backup battery for your phone. Constantly Snapchatting or posting photos in Instagram will drain your batteries.

Smuggle some chips or food. They didn't check our bags anyway. Go crazy with star-spangled outfits for camaraderie 's sake. Kick back and relax. I might celebrate July 4 like this again, but I like the idea that I've checked off one thing from my bucket list.

 

 

Photo post-fireworks. Thanks NYPD for ensuring that none of the fireworks fell on us while sailing in the Hudson River. :)  

Photo post-fireworks. Thanks NYPD for ensuring that none of the fireworks fell on us while sailing in the Hudson River. :)