We owned the night like the 4th of July!

(Though to be honest, K. Perry, I’ve never felt like a plastic bag. Ever.)

Miss Americurrr! (My cousin’s gf, Joy, who went all-out patriotic for this day.)

In my country, July 4 is known as “Philippine-American Friendship Day”. It used to be our nation’s Independence Day before President Diosdado Macapagal switched it to June 12, which was our independence from our Spanish conquerors.

At this point, I just want to say a huge “Ha!” to my grade school history teacher who thought I’ve learned nothing just because I opted to do something more productive in class than listen to her. Bitch, I had Encarta.

Anyway, the 4th of July isn’t even a non-working holiday in the Philippines, so I was excited to spend my first 4th of July in the USA, see what the fuss is all about.

The plan was to watch the fireworks in Embarcadero. We arrived there early in the afternoon so that there will still be a place to park without having to hike halfway across the city. I instantly regretted my outfit choice — cargos and a tank top. The wind was brutal to my tropical climate-bred body! At this point, we had ran out of vodka and unlike my four companions, I was not part of a couple, so there was absolutely nothing keeping me warm. I had to buy a cheesy “I ā™„ SF” sweatshirt from one of the souvenir shops lining Fisherman’s Wharf.

That sweatshirt and being a 5th wheel is not a good look for me.

To kill time before settling on a spot to watch the fireworks, we went to Ghirardelli Square. Since it was a place named after a chocolate brand, I was immediately game to check it out when the suggestion came up.

Well… it wasn’t anything like “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”. #expectations

We decided to share a sundae, which at first I was all, “What, we should get one each!” but three of us girls couldn’t finish the one– and none of us are shrinking violets when it came to eating .

The brownie and the hot fudge was A+!

We also dropped by Kara’s cupcakes, which are cupcakes made of all-vegetarian ingredients. Okay, I’m not really sure if I have that info right but the fact doesn’t make a whit of difference. Cupcakes are cupcakes and cupcakes are delicious.

Cupcake heaven!

I don’t remember what the leftmost cupcake is, but the others we picked were S’mores, Black Velvet, and Red Velvet. The last one is (unsurprisingly) my fave!

After we had our fill of sweets, a hotdog stand caught the eye of my companions. They claimed that I absolutely had to try the “dirty dogs” which were bacon-wrapped hotdogs with a bunch of toppings. I balked at the $4 price, even if my cousin was paying. Especially since he was paying.

Dirty dogs sold at the streets of San Francisco.

So, was the almost PHP200 hotdogs worth it? Well, it was very delicious (bacon is always delicious) but it was nothing new. I’ve had practically the same thing at Smokey’s for PHP75.

After the food part of the day, we walked up and down Fisherman’s Wharf. I was afraid of running out of camera battery before the fireworks even begin so I only snapped a few photos.

Kenny Rogers, is that you?

Was tempted to buy these moustache sunnies, though they have no practical purpose in my life.

TNMT hoodie! I’ve always wanted one when I was young.

Bear hat/muff-type thing. I don’t really know what it is.

Most of the spots were already crowded at this point, especially the ones near the bandstand.

Still, we managed to find a relatively empty stretch of beach that had a good view of the fireworks.

Well, it was empty when we got there. More people found it as the afternoon progressed.

Oh, and there were some people doing laps in the freezing waters. Apparently they were training for this triathlon called “Escape from Alcatraz” and they couldn’t miss a day of training. Yup, people really do these things. Some of them do it for fun too.

Nothing to do but try to keep warm under the blankets and wait at this point.

…or if you’re like this girl, you dig yourself a hole in the sand while in your tutu.

The requisite sunset shot.

And take group shots, of course.

Freaking cold!

Er, I really should learn how to put on a little makeup when there’s sure to be photos involved.

Then finally, it was time for the main event:

Spectacular! (My faves were the smiley and the hearts, see if you can identify them here.)

I have a thing I do when I see fireworks — I identify the element or compound that gives off the different colors based on the flame tests we did in high school. I’ve learned to do this in my head though, because shouting “Red! Calcium! Yellow… Sodium!” gets me a lot of weird looks.

It’s fun though. And educational.

After the fireworks display, it was a long walk to the parking lot with the masses but it was well worth it. My first Fourth of July was pretty great.

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3 thoughts on “We owned the night like the 4th of July!

  1. thelivingpollypocket September 27, 2012 at 6:52 PM Reply

    I love this post! Your cousin’s very pretty. šŸ˜€

    • thethirdpeverell September 27, 2012 at 6:54 PM Reply

      She’s my cousin’s girlfriend but she’s probably going to be my cousin soon, if you know what I mean… šŸ˜€ And yes, she’s very pretty! Haha.

  2. cityoftheweek October 1, 2012 at 5:19 PM Reply

    very cool party! looks like you had a lot of fun!

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