4th of July

July 4, 2012

This year’s 4th of July was special for many reasons: Laura and Sean came to visit, we actually saw fireworks, nobody went to the hospital, and it was my fourth 4th in San Francisco! Per usual the day was full of delicious grilled food, outdoor festivities, and drinking – lots, and lots of drinking.

It started with a long walk from our apartment over to Tori and Jeremy’s, that’s just a little over 4 miles (so about 10,000 steps for you Fitbitters out there).

Chris around the 3 mile mark.

We were the first to arrive and Laura and I began preparing our pigs in a blanket for their oven bake. (Chris, Laura, and I had already made some mouth-watering parmesan twists that morning.)

Piggies! Photo by Chris.

The sobering birthday boy – photo by Chris.

Overall it was pretty chill. The usuals were there as well as some new faces, Nikki and Joe, Kara’s new co-worker (an Evernote intern) and Jeremy’s new co-worker and co-worker’s girlfriend. I would put names here, but I’m horrible and forgot them (names are not my strong suit). Jeremy made amazing burgers and Kara made a scrumptious cake, as we’ve come to expect from them. Everyone and their mother brought corn.

Joe of the Jungle – photo by Chris.

Fun in the Sun – photo by Chris.

Corn – photo by Chris.

After filling up on food and playing some jail dice games, we moved up the coast towards the fireworks. Our first stop was the 21st Amendment Brewery. I absolutely love their watermelon beer and at the brewery they serve it with a huge slice of watermelon, so you can imagine I was kind of pissed when they didn’t have it there. They did, however, have a replacement that was made the same way but with Chai (I forget?) instead of watermelon. It was pretty good.


From there we walked north until we hit the bay for a brief sightseeing detour.

Bunch of tourists!

We walked through Hi Dive, a dive bar on the bay, and ended up outside at Bar Americano – cause how could we not, it’s the 4th of July after all! It was pretty chilly at that point so the table was full of Hot Toddy’s and Bailey’s Cocoa.

We all huddled close under the heat lamp.

We really hoped that we’d be able to see the fireworks from our comfortable, warm, drink-filled bench – away from crowds of people and the icy SF wind, so when we heard a bang and turned our heads we were delighted to find that we could! We watched the entire show munching on spicy cashews.

Just barely underneath the fog.

It was a delightful day and some of the best 4th of July weather we’ve had in SF. Thanks for joining us Sean and Laura (and people’s whose names I forget)! If you’d like to see more photos, everybody took a lot of them: Laura’s Flickr set, Sean’s Flickr set, Chris’s Flickr set, and my Flickr set. I hope you all had a great 4th of July!