Just the other day I celebrated my first July 4th as a US resident. The whole weekend was fun and we went to 2 firework displays, one in Stone Mountain on July 3rd and tge other in Decatur on July 4th itself. The day of July 4th was spent at Briarcliff Pool and Tennis Club, of which we are new members, and it was fun. The sun was shining, the sodas and beer were cold, and the burgers and hot dogs tasty.
But back to the fireworks in Stone Mountain, I was impressed by the whole event, from the car parking to the actual lasershow and fireworks. During one part the crowd stood to applaud the US Military and the goosebumps part was when the US National Anthem was played to a crescendo of fireworks and everyone standing a singing the anthem. As a recent immigrant, this even made me proud too and one day it may be my anthem as well as the Irish one.
The exit from Stone Mountain took a while as there was 3 different car accidents, all probably caused by following to closely or lane changing to quickly. Both of these things are lethal on the roads around Atlanta but especially when it’s dark and traffic volume is very heavy. And it’s all down to impatience and bad driving habits. Oh and automatic cars don’t help as drivers think they can accelerate like a Formula 1 race car!
Anyway, onto the July 4th celebrations last Monday. As I said we spent the day at the pool, just relaxing and enjoying ourselves. It was great to have my son Robert here to share my first July 4th with. In the evening we went into Decatur to see the parade and fireworks. Well they called it a parade, but realistically it was juat normal people jaywalking down the street with no traffic! We settled down onto the Square to watch the fireworks, and though not as impressive as Stone Mountain, they were good. Maybe it was because the music to accompany the fireworks wasnt amplified enough to be heard but it lack a bit of punch.
And so after 8 months in the USA I got to celebrate one of the special holidays for Americans, one thst is full of pride, Nationalism and fun. I will always remember my first July 4th, as it was spent with my wife and my son, the 2 most important people in my life.
The weekend ended with an alarm to head to work on Tuesday morning, and after so long waiting on the paperwork to be able to work it was actually nice to be able to go to work. So within 8 months of arriving here, I am driving with a full licence, I have celebrated numerous American holidays, including Thanksgiving, Memorial Day and July 4th, I have volunteered at Hospice Atlanta Camp Stars, done my first official and paid photography jobs, got a 9-5 job, visited Michigan and the parents in law, got my Permanent Resident Card, and so many other things thst are too numerous to mention save one more, I married my best friend and am sharing a wonderful life with her.