Mellow start to Fourth of July |

Mellow start to Fourth of July

Fourth of July was downright mellow. Although the date represents our declaration of independence from England and symbolizes our rights and freedoms as Americans, most couldn’t get over the historic holiday being offered as just a midweek day off.

At least one group of folks visiting from Grass Valley, Calif., were rambunctious enough to shout at traffic and encourage honking.

“We’re celebrating our freedom,” said Shane Wallace, born in South Lake. “These people need smiles on their faces.”

However, displays of patriotic enthusiasm mostly fell victim to card playing, quietly relaxing and even sleeping.

By late afternoon when American bellies had been successfully filled with barbecues, many were on their way to the casinos.

“We’re just here to get a little tipsy and have some fun,” said Traci Effinger from Sacramento, as she walked past Regan Beach on her way downtown.

Sam Aziz, originally from Afghanistan, was celebrating the holiday by barbecuing with his family. He was here for a family reunion.

“There are about 70 of us altogether,” he said.

Tamara Madsen, who had been working the food cart at Regan Beach since 8 a.m., admitted by late afternoon the Tuesday holiday was moving a little slowly.

“It’s because yesterday wasn’t a holiday,” she said. “This year we have nice family crowds – until tonight,” she added.

For many, the emphasis seemed to be on the evening’s fireworks at Edgewood Golf Course.

“They throw one hell of a show,” said Ron Casey, who has visited from Sacramento for the last 15 years. “The grand finale is one of the best.”

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