Monday, July 14, 2014

Fourth of July in Florida

Fionn and I got to spend Fourth of July with family in Florida this year and it was wonderful. We've had many fun times celebrating the holiday with fellow expats during our years abroad, but it was really nice to be in the States to celebrate and relive all those fun childhood memories of fireworks, hamburgers, and hometown celebrations with patriotic dance numbers.

Ah, America.

Family members we were visiting told us about a 4th of July street festival going on, so we headed downtown to check it out. There we found live music, everyone decked out in red, white, and blue, and kids eating standard Independence Day foods while a local band played live music. It was a fun, festive atmosphere.

Then we turned a corner and found a quintessential slice of Americana...classic cars!

When we were in Germany, I was always surprised by how much Germans loved classic American cars. A few of the soldiers on post owned Mustangs or Corvettes or old muscle cars, and they were sure to attract a crowd of Germans posing for pictures or lovingly checking out the details. 

After getting our fill of the street festival, Fionn and I explored the rest of the downtown, ducking into air conditioning periodically to escape the oppressive Florida heat.

Of course, all that walking worked up an appetite, so we stopped in a Burgerfi to try their organic burgers.

Which, by the way, are pretty dang delicious.

So delicious, in fact, that we ordered a hot dog and split that too.

What can I say...we're foodies.

Seriously, if you have one near you, try Burgerfi out!

Now happily in a food coma, Fionn and I spent the rest of the day with family and capped off our 4th of July by setting off fireworks with Fionn's young cousins.

It was a pretty great 4th of July!

How was your 4th? Did you spend it at home or abroad with expats?


  1. We love Burger Fi! Sadly, we had to add that to the list of places no longer near us when we moved to NY, but the good news is that they are expanding and we are getting one about an hour away from us! They have great milkshakes as well!

  2. That sounds like a fab 4th July and those burgers look amazing! We spent ours running the Peachtree Road Race 10k for the first time then hanging out on the lake with our American friends...we may be British and German but we make sure we celebrate the holidays in our host country in style!!

  3. Where in Florida were you? Most of the Burger Fi locations are in Palm Beach and Broward counties, and that's my stomping grounds! I'll be back there in October for good...