Today is the 4th of July! This is my favorite event of the summer. I’m up early eagerly anticipating the soft sunrise colors over the Swinomish Channel. However, it’s cold with cloudy grey sky over the town. Where did that perfect weather go? We’re wandering along the main street in search of coffee and hot breakfast. The place doesn’t seem to be alive: businesses are closed, streets are empty, and it’s all peaceful and quiet. I’m wondering if this is because of Monday when there are no tourists around, or it’s too early and the local community is still asleep securely protected by emperor looking elephants. We’re strolling back to the La Conner Channel Lodge to get a continental breakfast offered by the hotel. It’s simple, yet can cater to different tastes with a choice of oatmeal, hard boiled eggs, fruit, beagles and pastry, and plain coffee. And it has the prettiest and picture perfect spot in the lodge! This is what we need to get a couple memory snaps. Having had a snack, we’re saving the room for later to gorge ourselves with a more delicious meal.
By 11 o’clock the town is coming back to life; the streets are filled by town dwellers and farmers who are trying to get the best possible seats in the first row to enjoy the show – the 4th of July Parade! The stars and stripes are all over the place. Everyone is excited. The old-fashioned show begins – antique cars, riding lawnmowers, pets – all decorated or dressed up in the colors of the American flag. Sweet and patriotic! Everyone is proud of being a part of this great community!
We sneak in the La Conner Brewing Company to get a wood-fired pizza and the best ever Greek salad! Don’t miss this unique Northwest style brew pub! The food is absolutely amazing!
Later on, we head to the evening concert at the marina performed by the best Seattle-based violinist and his all-star band. At 10 p.m. the fireworks rocketed into the sky showering the night in glitter, reflected in the inky channel below. And we watched them from the porch of the room! Then, we slip in the bed to slowly falling asleep with the fireworks still going on in the background.