Ameri-cuh the Beautiful

4th of July is one of my favorite holidays. That and Thanksgiving. I guess I’m a serious American, huh?

The holiday actually started for me this year the night before on the 3rd at the Red, White, and Boom. RWandB is a 2 day festival hosted by Minneapolis Parks and Rec at Nicollet Island that includes music, food, fireworks, races, and an outdoor movie. On Fourth of July Eve (yes, that’s a thing now), the outdoor movie was hosted. Look at this crowd:

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Who would expect anything less for a screening of the most patriotic movie of the 80’s:

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Yesssss. Young Tom Cruise. 🙂

After a fun night of jingoism, we awoke the next morning ready to get our parade on (nothing says Fourth of July like parades, right?). St. Anthony Park in St. Paul offers a parade and festival that we decided to attend.

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Lots of people lined the streets of Como Ave to see the parade.

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The boy scouts definitely had the coolest float:

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Someone forgot to mention to this float that today is all about AMERI-CUH:

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After the parade passed, everyone followed the floats to the parade end at Langford Park:

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After getting to the park. We had to do some people dog and car watching:

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The park was packed with folks having picnics and enjoying our freedom in the sunshine:

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For lunch, we left the park and headed to the nearby Finnish Bistro. As adorable as always, the bistro was a bit more crowded on this visit. We ordered a cold salmon salad and veggie omelet:

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Delish! After eating, we headed back to the park to see the boy scouts continuing their antics:

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We also listened to some jazz music at the bandstand:

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Once the festivities had been thoroughly explored, it was time to head home for a BBQ that my roommates and I hosted in our backyard. The food was awesome:

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Of course, no 4th of July is complete without fireworks. We biked to the Stonearch Bridge to watch fireworks there. Undoubtedly this is the most crowded spot in Minneapolis to watch the fireworks, but it was totally worth it. There were HUNDREDS (thousands?) of people, and the fireworks display was great.

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Happy Birthday America. I ❤ you. 🙂

Bowling at Memory Lanes

Groupon has been running an amazing deal for 2 hours of bowling at Memory Lanes (pizza and two pitchers of soda included!) for only $30. A friend of mine bought this Groupon a week or so ago, and a group of 4 of us used it this weekend. Memory Lanes is in the Seward neighborhood, and the exterior has a very retro feel:

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Inside, the bowling alley is huge- there are 30 lanes! The retro feel ends as soon as you walk inside and are greeted by black lights and music:

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#1 essential for bowling alleys: BRING YOUR SOCKS!

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Things were off to a great start, but there was a slight hiccup when we found a bone next to the table at our lane:

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This was hilarious disgusting. We debated telling the server about it, but we thought it would be too uncomfortable to say, “um, excuse me…there’s a bone under our table. Do you think you could get rid of it?”

Fortunately, it didn’t deter our enjoyment for too long since our pitchers of diet pepsi and iced tea soon arrived:

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A pizza was also included with our deal, and we had our choice of three toppings on the pizza. We went with green peppers, onions, and tomatoes:

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Two hours of bowling is a lot of bowling. We bowled 5 games – the last one with our left hands since our wrists hurt too much!

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Overall, Memory Lanes was a great time. The music and atmosphere was really fun, and it seemed like they have a lot of interesting events going on throughout the week (rock and roll bingo, live music, and Sunday night trivia – to name a few). I would definitely return here for another bowling excursion…or maybe even Rock and Roll Bingo!

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