we heart Sonoma: Fourth of July
Even after eight years, the novelty of a Sonoma Fourth of July is as shiny and crisp as a the vintage red firetrucks in the parade. We love: the buzz of people walking by with lawn chairs in hand on hot summer mornings, schizophrenic hometown bands, barbecue smoke encircling historic buildings, bicycles with streamers, recognizing nearly everyone in the parade, building up an appetite in the pool for grilled food, front yard firecrackers, glowing parties circling Vallejo’s field, blankets and bottle openers and glow necklaces in a dusky meadow and a fireworks show to use up a year’s worth of oohs and ahhs.
an “old timey” take on the parade:
(for a more surrealistic version of the video, go here)
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Our day began with a cute, little girl crawling into bed with us in time to doze a bit before the parade. Shortly, we’d dressed, filled our water bottles and saddled our bicycles. Pulling out onto the street, passing by the stream of pedestrians and slow-moving cars, everyone heading in the same direction, we cut up to the bike path to avoid traffic. This route takes us right into the heart of parade prep where we, bells ringing, navigate through the floats, classic cars and tuba players. Then its down the block past the mimosa-sipping lawn partiers to the Plaza.
After suffering the intense sunshine and heat the first couple of years, we soon discovered a not-so-secret secret perch from where to watch our beloved Sonoma Hometown Fourth of July Parade: the second floor balcony of the historic Barracks which overlooks the beginning of the parade route. Here, there is shade, few people, and an elevated view of the whole Plaza and parade.
Our afternoon was spent swimming in the pool, listening to some ’70s power pop and grilling on the patio with Mary and Karson. As the sun set, we packed a few bottles of beer a few blankets and walked down the darkening street to Vallejo’s field where we found the perfect spot to set down our blankets, turn on Elliot’s glow necklace and wait for the show, which never fails to exceed expectations.
The next day, we met our friend’s newborn daughter for the first time and then spent as much time outdoors and in the park as possible.