Guess what? This is a music themed post! ok before we begin, you have to press play on the below video. Ready! Go! Introducing…. drumroll…. the Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa!
Now that you’re in the mood…..
HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This year me and the fam’ went to the Dallas Arboretum for the Fourth of July concert!
It started with a grand debate on salads- which salads to bring!! By the end of it I was thinking there was going to be some sort of dessert salad involved. Cooking the night before and a trip to Central Market and we had not 1 not 3 but probably 8 salads, ready, no you’re not, ready now! yes! Chicken Salad, Three Bean Salad, Pasta Salad, Broccoli Salad, Potato Salad, Fruit Salad… ok maybe there was just 6, but still 6! It was a salad party! Unfortunately the tomato, peach, almond salad from the previous night didn’t make it.
Once we made it past the long line to get our tickets scanned, everyone dashed for the concert stand. And when I say dashed, I mean raced! Everyone had one goal in mind: Shade. I really think they should have put the Rocky theme music on the path speakers. It would have made things even more entertaining. With the race over, the math calculations began…. where would the sun be in t-minus 30 minutes? Would the shade extend this far? Is the hill incline too great?
We picked the perfect spot. Picnic basket out, shoes off, and a satisfying pop of a cork and we were off…the salads awaited!
And the people watching began! After pointing out several cool wine glass holder contraptions that would have made my second glass of Rose much easier to hold, I spied the most incredible, patriotic, picnic set up…
Vintage cooler, patriotic wine glass charms, the most beautiful red white and blue quilt, center piece, and stacked plates just waiting for multiple courses! It was amazing! And they do this every year!
Next up, this awesome hat, super sweet vintage glasses, and a stars and stripes forever scarf!
Third glass of Rose and the program started with a best dressed president competition. Jackie O’ and JFK took the win! Then the National Anthem, lots of cheering and a mix of Americana tunes: Liberty Bell March, America the Beautiful, Sweet Child of Mine, the Hawaii Five O theme song, each military branch’s song, and then ending with, but of course- the Stars and Stripes Forever!
While the music was playing, I made my way over to the food truck serving shaved ice gave up after 25 minutes of waiting and decided finishing the bottle of Rose would be much more fun, especially after seeing the size of the small!
Behind the stage is White Rock Lake where several sailboats were floating about listening to the music. The sunset was spectacular. So beautiful!
On the drive home, everyone’s eyes were peeled for fireworks. Something you learn at a young age is that around the Fourth of July, you always look out the car window and scan the horizon for fireworks when driving at night. You’ll easily spot 3-4 celebrations happening at the same time in all the suburbs around Dallas. We saw two! and there’s more fireworks tonight!
Happy Fourth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve had this song on repeat for the past hour. hahaha! I can whistle the piccolo part, perfectly.