Celebrating the 4th of July in the city with kids in a traditional way seems to be tricky every year. It's never the idyllic backyard BBQ and fireworks that I grew up with. I've gotten over that and sometimes we head up to gma's if that's what we're in the mood for. In the past, we've picnicked, gone to the city pool, ate at Dallas BBQ for our barbeque fix, and every other year or so attempted to find a "spot" to see some firework action. These attempts are usually hit or miss, but for the most part good fun anyway.
This year was a completely new experience as we were invited to join some friends on a trip to Coney Island for the Annual Hot Dog eating contest and other such C.I. adventures. I like to get my C.I. fix in at least once a year, so I thought this was as good of a time as any! So, except for the extreme heat and gazillion other people that had the same idea, we had a really fun day. My kids pretty much can't get near a body of water and not get in it, so we did some splashing around in the water, digging in the not-so-clean sand, attempted to watch the Hot Dog Eating Contest (I got way too grossed out!), rode some kiddie rides, got ice cream and cotton candy and called it a day!
Happy 4th of July in NYC!
N & E playing "Angry Birds" on the train ride
Gabriel loving the "D" train
(we could seriously get him to go anywhere if we told him we were going on a new train!)
mom and the boys
fearless children on the kiddie rides: