Wednesday, July 3, 2013

What are you doing for the 4th of July?

My favorite holiday at Ardenwood is 4th of July.  But often I am off traveling on that day.

 This year I will be up in Port Townsend which I LOVE on 4th of July.  They load all the fireworks on a barge and tow it out in this little bay off Fort Warden, Port Townsend, WA.  All the townspeople gather with picnic dinners on the beach of this bay, some of them take their boats and are out in the Puget Sound behind the barge, and all ohhh and ahhh all the fireworks!

Ardenwood may be a bit different this year.  There are never fireworks permitted there and they close around 5pm.  Families all gather on the lawn to hear the speeches against the right for women to vote, play tug-of-war, bucket brigade, pie eating and watermelon seed spitting contests.  And of course, there are tours of the house.  And tons more.......

But this year the East Bay Park District employees are talking about going on strike..... That will mean no organized outdoor activities.  But the house is owned by the city of Fremont and 99% of the labor involved is volunteer so it will be open.

I hope the families come with balls and ropes and buckets and croquet sets and have a great old fashioned time without the park employees.  So there.

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