Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Fun Adventures with my Dad on the 4th of July!

So my dad came to visit me while Devin is in Argentina and boy did I cram a lot in during the 5 days he was here! I wanted to make sure he could experience all of New England and I think we just about did!

My dad flew into Boston on Wednesday night and since I wasn't about to drive in the craziness of Boston he met me just outside the city where we then went to a hotel to spend the night. We also were able to meet up with my Aunt Cindy and her family which was such a treat to see them since they were just visiting from Utah! 
The reading the Declaration of Independence
So the reason why we stayed the night in Boston was so we could spend the Fourth of July there and wow was it a good choice! There was so much to do and see! We started the day feeling very patriotic as we listened to the Declaration of Independence be read just outside the Old State House where the Boston Massacre was. There was a little parade that marched in and played some of America's famous music, such as Yankee Doodle Dandy, and a few gunmen that would shoot their rifles every so often. It was such a fun atmosphere to be in. After they were done reading the Declaration a man got up there and sang the Star Spangled Banner and at the very end they shot off red, white, and blue confetti everywhere! Here are a few pictures from that event:

The parade coming in before the reading
The confetti 
The gunmen shooting their guns
My dad and I outside the Old State House after the reading

I then took my  dad to the Holocaust Memorial which is just down the street from the Old State House. This memorial is one of my favorite things to visit in Boston even though it always brings tears to my eyes  as I read the journal entries of those who were in the concentration camps. The memorial is made up of several of these structures that are labeled with numbers on the glass representing the numbers that were assigned to those in the camps. The side walk and inside the structures are journal entries of those  who suffered and what they experienced while imprisoned. It's very sad, but makes me so grateful that it is over and we are all able to enjoy our freedom!

Cheers!
I also took my dad through the famous Quincy Market and of course he wanted a picture next to Cheers!

My dad at the Granary Burial Grounds
Next we decided to take a tour group on the Freedom Trail. Our tour guide was an African American who did such a great job and also was able to shed a little more light on us regarding black history, he gave an interesting perspective. It was very informative and we learned a lot about American History. The tour was about 90 minutes and with the heat of the day, the humidity, and walking around Boston my dad was ready for an afternoon nap. So as we were sitting near the harbor eating our lunch he thought he would follow the example of the homeless man next to us and take a little nap on the bench. I don't blame him, I was pretty tired myself and it was good to give my feet a break from walking.
Once nap time was over we decided we wanted to finish walking the Freedom Trail since the tour guide only took us on about half of it and we still had plenty of time to kill before fireworks that night. So we continued walking!

Here is what we ran into on the rest of the Freedom Trail:

The Paul Revere House
An old Catholic Church which looked amazing inside!
A Statue of Paul Revere
Mike's Pastry, a really famous pastry place in
Little Italy know for their Cannoli
Of course we took a little break to eat our Cannoli. Umm!
The North Church

The USS Constitution

Inside the USS  Constitution. It was fun to explore this old ship.
This is what I found in the stall while I
was going to the bathroom in the
 USS Constitution Muesum,
I couldn't help  snap a picture of it!

The Bunker Hill Memorial

My dad being King of Bunker Hill!

Just me Jumping, didn't make it up as
high compared to the memorial


The Harvard Campus Library
After we finished up the Freedom Trail we decided to go check out the Harvard Campus, which was absolutely gorgeous! They have a saying on a stone arch when you walk in that says "Enter to grow in wisdom" and on the other side when you are walking out it says "Depart to serve better thy country and thy kind." I thought that was pretty neat.

We then ended our day with a spectacular firework show on the Charles River. What a great way to spend the 4th of July and celebrate our Independence!

2 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you had a wonderful time with your Dad. If you can't have Devin with you, you had the next best thing! <3

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  2. That is so awesome! I loved reading about your adventures! I could hear your voice and you told the story :) It sounds like you had a great time! I want to go there for the 4th of July now!

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