There is nothing like a long weekend to get any month started. Really. This weekend was no exception, either. I mean, who doesn't like getting to sleep in three days in a row? Add in some gorgeous weather, blue skies, fireworks, and delicious food, and this was an amazing Independence Day weekend. The weekend started with patriotic pancakes al fresco, which was a great way to kick off the holiday.
A good bit of our holiday was spent visiting Allen's parents back home. There we enjoyed grilled burgers and hot dogs, mac and cheese, and anniversary cake. Since we were in Chicago for our one year anniversary, we decided to do cake later, and ended up enjoying our replica funfetti cake just as much as we would have had we eaten it on our anniversary itself. The cake was dense and delicious, with creamy vanilla frosting and was just perfect.
We didn't end up seeing fireworks on Friday due to some oddball timing with the various fireworks shows in our region. We did, however, make it back just in time to catch the fireworks over downtown Cincinnati, which were absolutely gorgeous. The fireworks went off over the river, down a bit from the ballpark, and just lit up the modest skyline. They were quite loud, but really just incredible. By far the best fourth of July fireworks show I've seen in quite some time. One of my favorite parts of being in the Cincinnati area is the skyline, especially since the new Great American building was completed. It's gorgeous, and while I know it's nothing compared to some major cities throughout the country, it's still my favorite.
Fireworks, family, and food weren't the only things on our plan for the weekend. We also had tickets to the ballgame Sunday. The weather looked like it was going to be partly cloudy for the day but we ended up with a pretty sunny game. Gameplay itself was exciting: it was the first time we have seen Latos pitch all season (though he's been back for a few games, we've not yet been to the ballpark to see him). There were a few cliffhanging moments, but in the end, the Reds won and we made the trek home happily. It was a really good way to cap off the weekend.
Independence Day is not really one of my favorite holidays, though I don't have a solid reason for why it's not that way. This year, the time with family, the delicious cake, the fireworks, and the awesome ballgame made for a great holiday and holiday weekend. I'm hoping that next year I can get more into the patriotic spirit with red, white, and blue cake, fruit salad, and more cookouts. It was a great holiday this year, and I am sad to see it go. til next year, I suppose.