I am so behind on my summer blogging, and I’m only a few weeks out from school starting again (!!!), so I really need to get on this. So here it is, over a month late: our Fourth of July!
Unlike years past, we had a seemingly endless variety of options for where to see fireworks – I swear every town in the Napa Valley decided to host its own celebration, which seems kind of ridiculous given 1) fireworks are expensive, and 2) the drought has turned California into a tinderbox, but the Napa Valley is showy like that. Anyway, we chose to go to the Calistoga fireworks show, because it featured a one-day fair with unlimited rides attached to your ticket – and our kids were both free. Dan and I were hoping for fair food, and while there weren’t as many options as at the bigger fair in Napa (or the really, really big State Fair in Sacramento) we managed.
Along with the rides, there were also cute kid activities, and a really awesome area for small children to play. I was SO grateful for an area to put Rowen down – he didn’t want to be held all day but since he couldn’t walk, usually my options would be find-a-vacant-field-somewhere. This was much better (and cleaner.)
The one problem was that it was a very LONG day with two little kids. If we lived closer I would have gone home midday and come back for the fireworks, but for us that would have been an hour round trip (plus we would have had to retrieve our car from the fair parking lot, which was a pretty long walk we weren’t wanting to do more than we had to) so we stayed put. Near the end of the day we did find an air conditioned building with arts and crafts activities for kids, and Damien spent 45 minutes “building the Axiom” (which looked a lot like a clay mountain).
Finally we were able to wander over to the racetrack, where they would be shooting off fireworks after dark. A lot of people sat in the grandstands but we crossed the track and went to the grassy field in the middle, where a band was playing (they did covers of all different styles of music and were really entertaining) and the kids could dance around and be crazy and no one cared. When the fireworks show finally started it was one of the better ones I’ve seen in years… and amusingly, Rowen fell asleep in my lap halfway through. He seemed pretty interested until all of a sudden he just went unconscious, haha. Damien enjoyed it, though not quite with the wonder of last year (granted this was now the second time he had seen fireworks so he was an old pro.)