Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Happy 5th of July!

I wanted to post this yesterday, but the day got away from me.

Independence Day honors the birthday of the United States of America and the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. You can read some interesting fun facts about this year's 4th here.

Hubby, Baby Girl, and I went to Milwaukee's lakefront to watch fireworks on the 3rd. It's been a family tradition of ours for quite a few years now, and is always a spectacular show. This year was no exception.

The event has been hosted by U.S. Bank for the past 36 years, and is touted as the largest and longest fireworks display in the Midwest. The hour-long show was launched from three barges on Lake Michigan just off the shore of Veteran's Park. According to an article I read, the Wisconsin market president of US Bank stated that more than 10,000 pounds of fireworks were to be used, with 5,000 igniters lighting more than 20,000 shells. I don't even want to know what all that costs! 

The show draws nearly a million people to the Lakefront, so we usually use a city bus shuttle. You can't beat it. $6.50 gets you round-trip and they drop you off at the gate of the Summerfest grounds. No looking for parking (and then paying $20 to walk for miles), or waiting forever to get on the freeway. LOVE IT.

I hope everyone had a safe and happy 4th.


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