On 4th of July there are certain things one must remember to have a great evening! First ---arrive to the monument grounds in enough time to get a good spot.
Second ---find some friends to share the evening with....
Third--- enjoy the band concert, courtesy of the US Air Force Heritage of America Band.
Fourth--- sit back and enjoy the best fireworks ever... ....
Finally trek back across the battlefield, over the redoubts back to the car. (refer to item #1) We didn't arrive early enough for a great parking spot. Some years it has been so crowded that we couldn't even get to the battlefield and everything was closed down. We felt like we had an OK spot until it was time to leave. We were in the middle of this very very large field (battlefield). Half the rows were to exit to the left and half to the right. To the left took you deeper into Yorktown National Park, to the right- the road we wanted to get to.
Given the choice, when our row (one of the last to move) finally emptied out..we chose to go right. We turned right then inched along the edge of the field to get to Cook Road, where we would turn left to go home, we felt better about not going deeper into the Park. As we reached Cook Road, the deputies directed us to turn right not LEFT!!! WHAT?!!?!? We were routed out to the Colonial Parkway to then get on Rt. 17. (The longest way home possible). Since my daughter was a few cars back, I called her to tell her we were having to get onto the parkway to get to Rt. 17.
**HERE'S WHAT YOU SHOULD NOT DO ON 4TH OF JULY AT 11:00 PM **
To call her I opened my contacts in the cell phone and scrolled down to her name....and dialed...WITHOUT MY READING GLASSES ON!! I accidentally called Racquel of Perennial Garden Lover, instead of called Rachel...one of my two lovely daughters. OOOPSSS! I think Racquel thinks I was 'having a real good time' at the 4th when I just didn't have on my reading glasses. (I mean--who wears their reading glasses while watching the fireworks??) So sorry Racquel! It took us an hour and a half to get home that should have taken us about 10 minutes. The detour at the last minute on Cook Road turned out to be a woman went into labor down on Cook Road!!! What an evening!
Hope everyone had a great and safe 4th!!