One of the things I was most excited about here was being in New York for the 4th of July!!
My family actually originates from Britain so any celebrating today was done in a strictly “When in Rome” type fashion.
Erica was studying in Virginia at this time so had made heaps of American friends. One of them, Jason, actually lived in New Jersey and was not too far away from New York. He invited us over to his house for the day to hang out and so we could actually be with an American on the 4th of July! He told us to bring our togs too so we could go for a swim (At this point we assumed he meant at a lake nearby or at a public pool). The weather was beautiful and we were both so excited!
We made out way to the Port Authority bus terminal and hopped on the 45 minute bus to his town in New Jersey. We got off and met Jason there with his car and he drove us to a diner for lunch! This was just an average diner to him but to us it was super exciting! A real American Diner! On the 4th of July! I ordered Chilli Cheese Fries because I’d always seen it in movies and TV shows and thought it looked yummy. (It was). I also ordered a Margherita to celebrate the holiday!
After this we drove to Jason’s house which happened to be situated in one of the most beautiful places in New Jersey! We couldn’t believe it when he pulled up, we thought he was joking, his house was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen! I couldn’t believe I got to spend the day there!
We spent the afternoon beside and in the pool having the best time talking about accents and cultural differences and just about life in general. I was happy to have made a new friend.
At the end of the day we had a BBQ and sat down for dinner with his lovely family!
Erica and I then sadly said goodbye to Jason and headed back to NYC on the bus. We spent the rest of the evening wandering around the area and just taking in everyone’s celebrations. We then headed to the Chelsea Piers for the fireworks! We ended up just stopping on a random street about a block away from the actual piers but had the best view ever!
The fireworks were outstanding and they even played music on loud speakers to go along with it! What a great moment to be in New York for!
Happy 4th of July!