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sparklers, Paragon Park, Nantasket Beach, 4th of July, S. A. Young

It’s the 4th of July and wherever you are I hope that you’re finding time to spend with friends and family, enjoying parades, baseball and all of the other things that we Americans have turned into our Independence Day traditions (like eating too much and drinking too much).

 

quinoa, fourth of July, S. A. Young, Well Plated by Erin

My contribution to the feast – Red, White and Blue Quinoa Salad

Brie, Nibblies, Cocktails, S. A. Young, 4th of July

Nibblies and cocktails (including Triple Cream d’Affinoise, hee hee)

I’m celebrating with some “chosen family” at the seashore.

sunset, Paragon Park, Nantasket Beach, 4th of July, S. A. Young

Gorgeous day on Nantasket Beach

We’re in a quintessential New England beach town which once upon a time was home to a boardwalk second only to Coney Island’s for seaside entertainment (back before Enoch “Nucky” Johnson created Atlantic City from a New Jersey swamp).

carousel, Paragon Park, Nantasket Beach, 4th of July, S. A. Young

The view from my “steed”

Yesterday we took a ride on the last remaining piece of the original amusement park – an 88 year old carousel that’s slowly being refurbished, but has been in continuous use since 1928.

Today we’re going back for some skeeball,

skee-ball, Paragon Park, Nantasket Beach, 4th of July, S. A. Young

maybe some mini-golf, and definitely some steamers and beer.

steamed clams, steamers, beer,, Paragon Park, Nantasket Beach, 4th of July, S. A. Young

Later this evening, we’ll head back into the city to watch one of the country’s grandest fireworks displays on the Charles River Esplanade, accompanied by the Boston Pops. (C. C. Cedras will be watching the big kahuna on the National Mall in DC! Fingers crossed the rain holds off!)

What are you doing on this glorious day? Be safe and be festive!

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