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Happy 4th of July – A Toast!

Happy 4th of July – a toast to friends and family! Six of us enjoyed an early dinner before heading to the Marin County Fair to watch the fireworks.

Welcome back to Drink Wine With Dinner®, my friends – and Happy Independence Day!

When I lived in the chilly Berkeley area (the same chronic fog that plagues San Francisco rolls through the Golden Gate and blankets a big swath of the East Bay), we were never sure of seeing the local fireworks.

Even at the last minute, a layer of gray might form, thick enough to cloud over all those brilliant pyrotechnics.

 

Vickie brought this amazing, patriotic-looking berry dessert. Time to rush to the Civic Center and get a good spot for watching the fireworks!

Vickie brought this amazing, patriotic-looking berry dessert. Time to rush to the Civic Center and get a good spot for watching the fireworks!

Not so here in Marin County, though – or in neighboring Sonoma and Napa – where clear evening skies are the norm in July.

Arguably the best place around to see really good fireworks is at the Marin County Fair, next to the Civic Center, just a few miles from home. We usually drive over at dusk, park at the nearby shopping center and walk to the fair to snag a great viewing spot.

 

Dusk at the County Fair. Follow the green reflection (right) to find Mom Mallard and her ducklings...

Dusk at the County Fair. Follow the green reflection (right) to find Mom Mallard and her ducklings…

Tonight, as the sky darkened, the lights came on in the fairgrounds and on all the rides – a signal that the fireworks would start soon.

We passed the time watching a mom mallard duck, exploring the lagoon with her four tiny ducklings. They didn’t seem to be fazed at all by the commotion – even when the first blasts began.

 

Ooooohhhh! Aaaaaaahhhh!

Oooohhh!!! Aaaahhh!!! Oooohhh!!! Aaaahhh!!!

As for the fireworks themselves – there’s no substitute for being there live, and seeing the sky light up.

But I hope these pics will help bring you a little taste of our local lightshow.

I hope you get to see – and marvel at – some fantastic fireworks of your own tonight.

Once again, my friends, Happy Fourth of July!

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Ooooohhhh! Aaaaaaahhhh!

Ooohh!!! Aaaah!!! Ooohh!!! Aaahh!!!

Oooohhh! Aaaahhh!

Ooohh!!! Aaaah!!! Ooohh!!! Aaahh!!!

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Ooohh!!! Aaaah!!! Ooohh!!! Aaahh!!!

Ooohh!!! Aaaah!!! Ooohh!!! Aaahh!!!

Ooohh!!! Aaaah!!! Ooohh!!! Aaahh!!!

Ooohh!!! Aaaah!!! Ooohh!!! Aaahh!!!

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Ooohh!!! Aaaah!!! Ooohh!!! Aaahh!!!

Ooohh!!! Aaaah!!! Ooohh!!! Aaahh!!!

Ooohh!!! Aaaah!!! Ooohh!!! Aaahh!!!

Ooohh!!! Aaaah!!! Ooohh!!! Aaahh!!!

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Ooohh!!! Aaaah!!! Ooohh!!! Aaahh!!!

Oooh!!! Aaah!!! Oooh!!! Aaah!!!

Ooohh!!! Aaaah!!! Ooohh!!! Aaahh!!!

Ooohh!!! Aaaah!!! Ooohh!!! Aaahh!!!

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Ooohh!!! Aaaah!!! Ooohh!!! Aaahh!!!

Ooohh!!! Aaaah!!! Ooohh!!! Aaahh!!!

Ooohh!!! Aaaah!!! Ooohh!!! Aaahh!!!

Ooohh!!! Aaaah!!! Ooohh!!! Aaahh!!!


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Rosina

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