I spent the Fourth purposefully avoiding any work related activities. This left me with the inevitable question: what to do on the 4th of July while in Ames, IA? I decided to just wing it and see what would happen.
I began the day with sleeping in. After I got up, I was about to ride my bike to the 4th of July parade in Ames when I got wind of breakfast burritos and pancakes being made by Sofia and Devi. I chose the food instead of the parade, and I chose well. The burritos and pancakes were amazing and a great way to start Independence Day (thanks guys!).
After brunch, some of us played a really intense game of Settlers of Catan and then I returned to my room and settled down for three hours to watch the director’s cut of 1776 (the movie version of the Broadway musical), which is a 4th of July tradition for my family.
Afterwards, I rode into the old part of town just in time to see the last couple minutes of a dog show in which contestants (the dogs) jumped into a large pool while judges analyzed their distance and height. I wandered the town at my leisure (remember, no work activities of any kind!), looked at the patriotic paraphernalia, and played on a public piano in town. I didn’t have any music with me, but I played Fur Elise, some patriotic tunes, and then freestyled as best I could.
Finally, it was time to head down to Des Moines for the city fireworks. Masashi, Devi, Sofia, Brittney, Emanuel, and I piled into my car and got down to the lake just in time for the show. It was a longer show than I’m used to, but we all really enjoyed it! To make matters even better, we had parked very near the exit of the park, so we were able to leave long before most people. I got back to my apartment at around 11:30, very tired, but having thoroughly enjoyed my Independence Day!