|Our first 4th
||[Jul. 5th, 2008|08:57 am]
Excited to celebrate our first Fourth of July in NC, we packed up a cooler full of food and drinks, lawn chairs, glow stock, bug spray, sunscreen, blanket, changes of clothing, etc. etc. - approximately half our house. The weather forecast promised us a clear night, the last one for the next week or so. Off to Regency Park we went and got there at 4:30, just in time to get a coveted parking spot in the Preferred Parking. Good thing, considering the 100lbs. of stuff we needed to lug in with us.
The venue is beautiful, an amphitheater set in a wooded area next to a lake where the fireworks would be set off. At the back, there are actually tables under a covered area available for rent right next to the food area and restrooms. There were free tatoos and inflatable rides for the kids, a water tag area, a misting tent for keeping cool, and plenty of food. The lines for the inflatables were pretty long, but Alyssa got to ride a mechanical bull a couple of times. We enjoyed a live performance of the North Carolina Symphony, with growing anticipation of the main event.
And then, with ten minutes to go until the show began, Mother Nature had a change of plans. The wind picked up, there were a few flashes, then a crack of thunder to confirm our growing fears of what was to come, and we hightailed it back toward the car. Then the skies opened up and put the final kabosh on the evening's celebrations.
Needless to say, it was highly disappointing, waiting in 90 degree heat for 5 hours only to have to go home sans fireworks. They were postponed until today, but the forecast is calling for more storms tonight. I guess we're going to have to settle for sparklers in the driveway this year.