It starts with a parade (and/or race) at 9:00 AM. We live on a double cul-de-sac street. Kids, who have decorated their bikes, scooters, etc., start in one cul-de-sac and go to the other.
Waiting for the kids at the other end is a home-spun carnival. Several game areas are set up for them.
My wife in action on one of our neighbors. Of course, most of you recognize my smiling granddaughter, because her photos have made more appearances on my blog than anybody else. Love that girl! The carnival goes on for a couple of hours. Then it's time for...
The Water War!
The two cul-de-sacs battle it out. The far CDS fills up pickup trucks with with water (using tarps) for water cannons. They also fill up vehicles with scads of water balloons.
To get to our end, they have to run a gauntlet consisting of water hoses, showers of water balloons and even a water hydrant. When the war is over, everybody pitches in and picks up all the broken balloons. Next on the day's agenda is...
We always have a party at our house on that day. Not so big this year, but most years it is.
After the water fight, we start preparing food. I spent a good portion of the afternoon at the grill, cooking and possibly drinking an adult beverage or two (or twenty, who knows?). They didn't all involve tequila, I promise. There doesn't seem to be any photos of the food. Pollo Asada, home made spanish fried rice, etc. My wife does most of the work, I just chop and grill. Finally at 9:00, it was time for...
Because of where we live, home fireworks are illegal. There is a lake at the bottom of our hill and they put on a good show there. We have a great view from our back yard. I have more photos of them, but a), I won't bore you with them and b), they all suck as bad as this one does. I don't own a tripod and it was at the end of a long day. This is where it started to get exciting...
As in six acres of brush fire exciting. This is the view from our back yard. They ended up evacuating some of the houses to be safe. The don't think the fire was caused by the show, but by some idiots ignoring the law. All in all, it was a great day! A long day, but still great. I hope everyone reading this also had a great weekend (and holiday to those of you in the U.S.)
Grass fire breaks out during fireworks show at Laguna Niguel Regional Park
Posted: 07/05/2011 08:25:05 AM PDT
Updated: 07/05/2011 08:28:49 AM PDT