This July 4th holiday was especially important to me, as it was my first American Independence Day in five years. At this time of year, in Korea, I was usually plowing through summer camp at my school. Teaching 4 hours straight to a group of kids who probably wished they were out at the water parks. Actually, I kind of miss summer camp in the sense that you got to bond with a set of kids and make those sorts of relationships as a teacher.
But I think I use to always sit back and recall that, "Oh yea it's July 4th back home, I wonder what everyone is doing?" While I browsed the fun pictures family posted on Facebook. This year I wanted to enjoy the holiday and take in this American culture. Although my initial plans didn't quite work out, I ended up at Gasworks park near Lake Union, which is known for a large crowd and good show.
As the sky darkened and everyone waited in anticipation for the show to start, I felt a little skeptical that this was going to live up to my hopes. But then the Star Spangled Banner came on the speakers and a welling of pride and joy for my country came up in me. All the five years I had missed of this special American day had washed away and I was ready for a show of lights.
This show had fireworks shoot off to different songs, some of which were thematic to "lights" and other mostly patriotic in nature. I couldn't help but enjoy the whole thing, as corny as it was.
I think I'm going to plan better next year to attend one of the other venues around Seattle, and really take in this American holiday. Yet I still enjoyed the one I saw last night and I suppose it renewed my drive to live here and be here.
A little video of the night: