Thursday, July 5, 2012

A New York City Fourth

Fireworks went off from four barges along the Hudson.  We had front-row seats on our balcony of this and the four other shows going on in the distance in Jersey.
This Provo girl was missing the parades, the 5K Run, the Patriotic Fireside, the Gala, the Balloon Fest, Stadium of Fire, and the three dozen other events that comprise America's Freedom Festival at Provo this year as she always does when she celebrates the 4th elsewhere, but I tried to make up for it by doing the most 4th-ish things NYC had to offer:

The day began with a trip to Wall Street.

Where we visited Federal Hall, the site where George Washington was inaugurated.

And the John Peter Zenger case was heard and won, which made way for our
freedom of the press, speedy trial, and excessive fees/bail limitations.  Here our ranger tour guide showed us
a replica of the press used by Zenger to publish the true but unkind statements about the NYC mayor
who later threw him in jail.

The Bible used by George Washington to take his oath of office.
Coolest thing I saw all day.

The railing pictured was that on the balcony on which GW took the oath.

This was the stone from the balcony on which GW stood to take the oath.  The actual hall was taken down
to make way for a Customs house early-mid nineteenth century - a real pity.

With Suzanne, Lance's sister, and Lyndsey, with whom I spent the day till Lance got in from his business trip in South America.  Our more traditionally patriotic tour was followed by a NYC tradition on Coney Island -
Nathan's Famous hot dog eating competition.  The winner ate 66 hot dogs in 10 minutes.  Painfully gross to watch.
Best homeless person poster. Ever. In case you can't read it, it says, "Don't worry about me[,] pray for Tom Cruise[.]"
(Yes, I just edited the grammar of a homeless person...)

Crowds at Nathan's - the blue competition table on which the hot dogs lie (and the buns which were
dipped into water to make them go down more easily) is just behind the basketball hoop.

In the early evening, we visited the 9.11 memorial and paid tribute to those who had fallen.

Ended by fireworks from the balcony.  These were pretty cool.
I started singing "Stadium of Fire" all by my lonesome while I watched the fireworks boom.  How was it for those who went?

1 comment:

  1. Honestly, my wife and I were watching something in NY the other night and I said "I regret that we never worked in New York." Sure we've ventured outside the bubble a bit, having lived in Austin and Hawaii, but I always thought I would live in New York one day. I hope you continue to have a great time. Oh, and I sang out "Stadium of Fire" on the 4th of July as well.