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4th of July in the USA
Posted by: HoboSylvain | 2013-07-06 19:37:15 | Revere, Massachusetts, United States
Keywords: Celebrations, Holiday
People who know me will tell you I'm not a party animal and I'm usually not a party goer, preferring by far a quiet evening at home. But since I was to be in the USA for my first 4th of July, I thought I'd give it a try. Unfortunately, the weather didn't contribute to the celebration in my opinion.

I hit a major heat wave in Boston (and will likely be the same for all the week along the coast), we had temperatures of over 35 C in the shade, without the humidity factor. Because of that, it was too hot to roam in the city and explore. I had no real desire or need to do so either, since I already been visiting Boston 2 years ago, and I took all the pictures I wanted then. I mean I would have loved to explore it again... but not in this heat. So, I mostly stayed indoors with a fan blowing on me.

But on 4th of July, I've visited the local (in Revere) celebrations. There was a small park where they had placed inflatable games for kids, there were a poney and a horse for the kids to ride, they had what they call 'slush' but it's much more like shaved ice (not our regular slush or slurpee as it's named here), they had a BBQ, popcorn, cotton candy and a DJ/crowd animator.

At the entrance, there was a local city councillor who was handing out cards and pens for his re-election. When he saw me with my camera, he asked me for which journal I was. I told him I was just a tourist... but I don't think he got my accent... because he continued to talk to me as if I was a reporter. That was funny.

At night, the official fireworks were in downtown Boston, but you could see them popping everywhere... from the beach, from people's backyards, etc.

I won't lie and say I fully experienced a 4th of July within the US... but I was there... and I participated like most locals do, except for the family BBQ, since most locals don't attend the large events.


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