Wednesday is the busiest day of the year for Wallingford, the Fourth of July. If you’re wondering about specific details (what time the fireworks start, can you bring beer into Gas Works, what station carries the simulcast, etc.) head on over to Family4th.org and read up.
One interesting note is that this year there are activities all around the lake, including a stage with music at the south end of the lake in Lake Union Park and the MOHAI Cheshiahud Challenge, a trivia challenge that will take you on a full circuit of the lake. This should take a bit of the pressure off our little neighborhood, it’s much appreciated. There’s even a free shuttle running throughout the day between Gas Works and Lake Union Parks, compliments of Zipcar.
Personally, the fireworks themeslves don’t do much for us, but we do adore the Fourth. Here’s a smattering of enjoyments:
- Hopping on a bicycle and cruising between BBQ’s and parties throughout the day. Being “Wallyhood”, we get to stop at the BBQ’s of perfect strangers, where we declare we’re “reporting” and make new friends. Having a 3 yr old in tow when pulling this maneuver removes all hesitation from the strangers. Walking up Wallingford Ave just prior to the fireworks, when all the sofas have been pulled into the middle of the street, is perfect for this.
- People who dress in costume. Who says costumes are for Halloween?
- Remember a few years ago when some folks set up a “Constitutional Quiz Booth” booth near their house, giving out prizes to passersby? Awesome. Last heard of that in 2009, but if that was you, you should do it again.
- The frickin’ Constitution! I mean seriously, people, have you read that thing? Think of it: 236 years ago and those guys are staying up into the nights, arguing over what exactly to say in a document that would create a framework for governing a democracy that would last for at least 236 years! How do we ensure that the executive branch doesn’t devolve into a monarchy? How do we ensure that the parliament doesn’t end up gumming up the works with debate? How do we divide power between the central government and the states? How do you ensure that the document is sufficiently stable that it withstands the shifting tides of wandering sentiment, but flexible enough to evolve as the dominant ethos progresses? And they pull it off without a word processor, Google or Wikipedia!