Both kids ended up taking later & longer naps because we planned to go to the Balloon Fiesta Park for the FREE Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks.
Overall traffic wasn't too bad coming in... but the crowds were already in place. We ended up getting in lines for cotton candy, sno cones, and hotdogs. Not too bad of a wait, but not short either. Ryan ended up waiting over 30 minutes for a funnel cake and then gave up 'cause it would probably be another 15-20 mins and we wanted to get in place for the fireworks.
The fireworks were fun. I love fireworks. This year we couldn't have any sort of fireworks on base; no sparklers or smoke bombs. Going to a place where people know what they're doing was a plus for us... especially with all the dryness out here.
The kids LOVED the fireworks as well. Will kept pointing them out saying "ooohh" and along those lines. He thought they were fun. Lana also enjoyed them. She would point them out and babble her baby nonsense and I would just laugh.
It was funny because we were sitting on a blanket and Lana had her shoes off (she got mad at them) but would not get off the blanket because she HATES the feeling of grass on her feet. It was hilarious! Ryan was sitting just off the blanket with Will since a rather large lady with a chair sat right in front of us and Will couldn't see... so Alanna was going to walk over to him, steps on the grass, screams and sits down crying. She's such a drama queen.
|not the best pic, but yes, we were all wearing coordinated shirts|
Anyway, even though they had "professionals" doing the fireworks they still started a fire. Yup, a fire. They were able to put it out though. Just goes to show how easily that happens especially in such a DRY place.
|that orange glow center, below the fireworks is the fire|
Leaving afterwards was a pain. It always is. Albuquerque really needs to implement some better traffic coordination for the Balloon Fiesta Park because it is always horrible! It took us over an hour to get home (without traffic should only take maybe 25 minutes).
I hope your 4th of July was wonderful. My kids looked adorable in their Old Navy shirts and loved the fireworks. I look forward to them actually appreciating this holiday!