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4th of July - Independence Day

Redwood City - San Francisco - Forster City

Last Wednesday, I had a day off. The reason was, that it was 4th of July, also known as Independence Day.
As I wanted to see how Americans celebrate this day, I was in Redwood City to see a 4th of July parade.
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To sum it up: many stars and stripes and we missed to bring our own chairs. I saw two or three rows of chairs almost everywhere along the parade route. Some people even had tents (for shade) or barbecues next to the street.

After the parade Malte and me went to San Francisco. There, we first checked out the climbing gym (its located close to Golden Gate Bridge, and from some climbing walls you have nice view over the Bay!) and then we visited Chinatown. In between we wanted to drive the famous Lombard street (has a steep one-block section that consists of eight tight hairpin turns) in my Mini. After there was a big traffic jam down Lombard Street, we decided to go down the next street (why using a street that has hairpin turn, if you can have the same much steeper straight downwards?).

To be honest, this was steepest street I ever drove, it really felt amazing. Back at home I did some research and found out that we drove the Filbert Street. According to Wikipedia one of the steepest streets in the Western Hemisphere.
Want to get an impression? Here are two Youtube videos:

I will definitely come back and drive that street again, it was really fun!

After searching for almost half an hour for a parking lot, we finally found one and visited Chinatown.

Unfortunately I forgot my camera, so I took only a few pics with my mobile:
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Golden Gate Fortune Cookies (A fortune cookie factory!)
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In the evening I was in Forster City, to see a 4th of July firework. Actually it felt like they set off one racket every 30 seconds.
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A little more compact show would have been nicer, but I don't want to complain, see what happened in San Diego at the same time:

Now to have a positive ending, I bother you with one last video:

Watch in HD and enjoy!

Posted by sunsetsurfer 19:58 Archived in USA

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