This 4th of July we celebrated early.
My husband and I were off Friday and Saturday. Sunday and Monday are working days for my husband (technically, he is not off during holidays). Given the circumstances, we had two days to do get out of the city.
We ended up driving around the windy roads of northern San Diego County. Friday, around 3:00 p.m., we entered the historic center of the tiny, mining town of Julian.
To our surprise, the town was dressed in red, white and blue. The colors of the national flag were sprinkled everywhere.
Turns out the town has a parade and BBQ every 4th of July. All businesses on Main Street were ready for the action. That was perfect for us since we were able to breathe the Independence Day atmosphere three days before the actual event.
You may not be aware but Julian is famous for the one thing that it is said to be the most American of all: apple pie.
And, let me tell you something, the pies sold in the town’s bakeries are smashing! Pie is not even my favorite dessert and right now, my mouth is watering because I am thinking about all the delicious slices I consumed during my visit. As soon as you get out of the car, the cinnamon and sugar scent hits you. You stop to inhale the aroma and proceed to make the line to get your slice (better if it is served with cinnamon ice cream).
It is not only the pie. There are so many elements that make you feel like in a movie dedicated to all things Americana.
I leave you with several photos I took during my visit. Hope they give you a sense of how Independence Day is celebrated in the United States.
Happy 4th of July to all my friends in the United States (and to expatriates too)!
What reminds you of the United States?