Fourth of July in San Diego.
What can I say about it?
I had the day off, and was thrilled about it since I’d heard great things from everyone about it. We have beaches everywhere, fireworks all over the county (including something like 5 or 6 launching areas just in the city of San Diego), and it’s apparently a ton of fun.
For the first time in my life, I live in a tourist destination, and this was especially evident on July 4th. We initially thought we’d grab a fire pit at Fiesta Island and spend the day there grilling and hanging out with the dogs, but when we realized fireworks would be launched from the island, and there’s only a one-lane road on and off of it, we decided against it. Some of my friends ended up in Coronado, some went to the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar, and some partied it up in Pacific Beach.
With all the usual beach traffic, along with all the tourists, we thought we’d keep it simple and fun. A group of us grabbed some cheap Padres tickets and headed downtown via Lyft (<–if you don’t already have it, sign up with this link and get a free ride up to $25!). First, we stopped off at Bub’s at the Ballpark just outside of Petco Park, where we waited for the rest of the group to arrive. Once we all met up, we headed into the park, grabbed a couple of beers, found our seats, and took in the view of downtown San Diego while watching the game.
After the Padres beat the Giants (duh), we walked around downtown a little and met up with some of our other friends at the Tipsy Crow. We love this bar and have a few friends that work there, so it’s always nice to stop in and hang out for awhile.
Later, we all took a Lyft back to our place where we took it easy until 10 p.m., when we drove the five minutes down to Mission Bay Park, where we caught the fireworks launching from Fiesta Island. The best part? We managed to avoid the hours of traffic that apparently plagued the rest of San Diego (including my friends who ended up stuck on Coronado Island for a few hours).
Since Friday’s recap was a little longer, we’ll keep this brief…
Took Maeby to Fiesta Island in the morning to run and swim…
And a few of us grabbed ramen in the afternoon from Tajima…
Maeby also got her new Red Sox bandana that we bought for her while we were in Boston (and she managed to sit like a weirdo)…
Woke up early and went for a quick run with Maeby. After that, I met up with my friend Kayla (and her dog Lilo), and went to Nate’s Point Dog Park in Balboa Park.
The dogs were worn out by the end of it. It was pretty hot out…
…but we loved the park.
We hadn’t been there before, and it was huge, with some grassy spots and a little bit of shade. We will definitely be going back.
Then Maeby drove us home…
How was your 4th of July weekend?