Since Connor has two homes, he rotates his holidays each year. This means we only see him every other year for all of the major occasions, including the 4th of July. Even though he wasn't going to be with us on the actual holiday this year, we still went to a fireworks tent and got a few things to shoot in the cul-de-sac with him when he was home for two weeks in June. We've been doing this every year for the last few years, and he always enjoys it!
He's old enough now that he can help Daddy.
He still loves sparklers, but his favorite thing is shooting the Roman candles to capture a photo that makes him look like Harry Potter!
This year while we were out there, a lot of our neighbors came out. Connor loved having his friends outside with him to watch a few little fireworks... seriously, we buy a little package that's all of $15 each year. It's nothing to brag about, but he thinks it's neat. It was a fun evening, and we called our early 4th of July celebration a success.
On the actual 4th of July, Adam and I enjoyed a relaxing day hanging around our house until time to drive to Nashville to board the General Jackson!
It's been on our bucket list to do this for the 4th sometime because the boat parks on the river in downtown Nashville right beside where the fireworks go off. With one of the biggest and best fireworks shows in the nation, we knew this would be a prime spot to watch them some year. With Connor not being with us this year, we decided it was time.
Once we got on board, we found that our table was really close to the stage.
Dinner was served, and it was actually really good! You never know what to expect with mass catered food, but we enjoyed it and felt stuffed.
After dinner, we made our way outside to find a spot to watch the fireworks. We managed to get a spot right on the railing and found some chairs to pull over.
We had a good 45 minute wait before the show, but fortunately it wasn't too hot outside. I don't think I was even sweating. Once it was time, we quickly felt affirmed in our decision to spend a little money to see the fireworks in this way. They were right over us!
The show lasted over 30 minutes, and I definitely think it was the biggest and best show I've seen in Nashville (I've gone quite a few times over the years).
The smoke was crazy once everything was over, too!
After that show, we made our way back inside to our table to watch the General Jackson show. All of the singing and dancing was really great, and we were literally right at the edge of the stage to watch it!
It was definitely a splurge for us to do this, and it won't be something we do often. Honestly, now that we've done it, I don't know that we'll do it again. We're just as happy joining the crowds downtown and finding a good spot to sit on one of the bridges. But I HIGHLY recommend this experience, whether you're a local or want to come from out of town. Spending our 4th this way did not disappoint. The only negative was that it was pretty late by the time we got home, and that was tough when it was time for work the next morning. Alas, this is always true when the 4th falls on a weeknight.
If you want to do it, just keep in mind tickets go on sale months in advance and sell out fast. I had been watching the website pretty religiously starting in November when they finally went on sale in late January. We were glad to quickly snatch up a pair!