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Fourth of July Mimosas

Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words. – Plautus

Fourth of July Weekend

Well, we didn’t exactly start off our Fourth of July celebration with wine, but this mimosa was a delicious alternative. Plus, there was plenty of sweet words between sweet friends during a sweet, sunshine-filled weekend to make up for it.

This past weekend was the perfect way to kick-off my second month in California and just spend time with friends, both old and new. I’ve said it before – the best thing about a holiday is when those around you get in the spirit, get festive, and have a good time. It’s in those times of celebration, no matter what the holiday, that you realize how good life is and how grateful you are for the people in yours.

It was definitely three days of fun, hugs, pictures, cheers, and friends telling friends, “I love you, man.”

My roommates and I woke up very early on the Fourth of July and, feeling patriotic, got the house ready for the occasion.

Fourth of July Weekend

Stars in the window.

Fourth of July Weekend

Red, white, and blue frosted sugar cookies.

Fourth of July Weekend

Build-your-own-umbrella station.

Fourth of July Weekend

Patriotic garnishes.

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Okay, time to start celebrating.

Fourth of July Weekend

The roomies and I shared the first “Cheers!” of the day.

Fourth of July Weekend

Then, our other friends showed up with reinforcements.

Fourth of July Weekend

And breakfast.

Fourth of July Weekend

My fellow New Yorker and close friend from high school popped some more bubbly.

Fourth of July Weekend

We spent the beginning of the day just hanging on our front porch, laughing and listening to music. A bunch of our neighbors were out and about as well, so they popped on over for some cocktails and sugar cookies.

Fourth of July Weekend

Finally, it was time to head out! We had a pretty fierce bike brigade.

Fourth of July Weekend

We rode down the hill to the Peninsula, and were met with hundreds of festive celebrators.

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Very festive.

Fourth of July Weekend

Fourth of July Weekend

Our crew joined the fun and hung out in the sun for a bit. It was a hot one.

Fourth of July Weekend

Eventually, we made our way into a bar and cooled off with some cold drinks.

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Like I said earlier, LOTS of pictures.

Fourth of July Weekend

“I love you, man.”

Fourth of July Weekend

Back at the house, night fell and it was time for the Fourth’s main event – fireworks.

Fourth of July Weekend

My roommate captured this great shot! It was an awesome way to end an awesome day.

Fourth of July Weekend

The summer-like vibe continued on Saturday. It was another gorgeous day, so we headed to the beach!

Fourth of July Weekend

Boats were out and the water was delightful.

Fourth of July Weekend

Everyone had the same idea. It was people and umbrellas as far as the eye could see.

Fourth of July Weekend

Fourth of July Weekend

A successful beach day required a cold beer and a yummy lunch.

Fourth of July Weekend

Late afternoon arrived, and my roommates and I decided to take the bikes out again. This time, we rode for an hour or two, exploring new neighborhoods and chatting along the way.

Fourth of July Weekend

Needless to say, it was very relaxing and the views were amazing.

Fourth of July Weekend

In a word – grateful.

Fourth of July Weekend

The Sixth of July came, but that didn’t mean the celebrating was over.

Fourth of July Weekend

One of my roommates and I joined some of her friends for a birthday bar crawl.

Fourth of July Weekend

Sunday Funday, and a patriotic spirit for everyone!

Fourth of July Weekend

It was another “Cheers!” moment, this time to the sweet memories of a sweet holiday.

If you celebrated, I hope you had a fantastic holiday weekend!

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