I’m back in the office after an amazing 4th of July three-day weekend. I was able to hang out with the interns and a few other friends here in Williamsburg on Thursday and Friday which among other things involved singing karaoke at the 415 Grill at the Hospitality House. A group of us definitely sang “I Want it That Way” by none other than the Backstreet Boys. I spent Saturday and Sunday at home with my family who I’ve definitely missed a lot this summer.
Even though the weather wasn’t the best on Friday, Colonial Williamsburg (CW) was still able to have its fireworks show. A friend and I stood in Barksdale field by the Jamestown dorms and watched them. It was a really great show, and it was different still being at school for Independence Day. I must say that it was really neat having all of the history right next door. CW had several celebrations for the occasion, and I even saw a public ice cream social by the Wren Building on ancient campus.
The 4th isn’t the only time that there are fireworks in CW. Late in the fall semester, there is a huge event called the Grand Illumination, a celebration of the coming holiday season, where fireworks go off from three different locations: the Governor’s Palace, the Magazine, and the Capitol. The entire area across from campus is packed with tourists and W&M students. I’ve gone the past three years, and have to say that it’s one of the most breathtaking sights you’ll see. But then again, I do love fireworks.
Happy Belated Birthday, America!