All-American Fourth

Fourth of July for me has always been a routine. Year after year we load up the car and make a four hour drive to Red River, New Mexico where my grandparents live. From there the day consists of watching the parade in the morning, eating delicious BBQ, participating in duck races, and then heading to the community house for egg tosses, three-legged races, and sack races. Later in the evening we head to Eaglesnest to light some fireworks and then watch the bigger show.

Sack races aren't my speciality

This year, however, I was back in NYC where I spent Fourth of July back in 2006. Without any big obligations, we decided to head to Coney Island for Nathan’s Hotdog Eating Contest.

All-American tradition!

I always catch this event on television so thought I might as well check it out in real life! Me and Court headed there and had to wait about three hours before it started but they had plenty of music and entertainment to keep us entertained.

Happy Fourth of July!

Then the hot dog eating commenced… Watching professional eaters stuff their faces with hot dogs for ten minutes can be a little nauseating but never worry, the sponsor of the entire event (besides Nathan’s) was none other than Pepto Bismol! I found this to be quite funny. At the end of the time limit, Joey Chestnut (who has one the past three years) came out victorious.

54 hotdogs in 10 minutes? Done.

After, we wanted to explore the island a bit! We found the boardwalk, checked out the beach, and headed to the amusement park to ride the infamous Cyclone!

It was a bit painful...

But so much fun! Then it was time to head back into the city. We headed to find a perfect spot to catch the fireworks along the river. After taking a few naps while waiting it was time for the show. It was spectacular and just as great as the last time I saw it. Needless to say, we were completely exhausted by the end of the day. Although it was an atypical Fourth, it was enjoyable nonetheless and there’s nothing like taking a day to celebrate all things America.

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