4th of July Poppin’ in Boston

Welcome back everyone!  I hope y’all had a great 4th of July celebration.  This morning was an ugly slap in the face back to reality.  I literally feel like I have been gone forever, from normal life and this blog, and I’ll admit I kinda didn’t miss it.

I spent my time off in Boston with Chris for the 4th and then the weekend in New York City with two of my best friends from back home and I can’t believe it’s already over.  I can only think of one good thing out of this, and that’s only because I’ll be home in two weeks and I am SO freakin excited!  Two more weeks…. two more weeks…. hurry up!!
So here’s a little 4th of July recap, the Boston way!  Chris and I went to the Boston Pops celebration that goes on at the Charles River every year.  It’s basically a huge set up along the river where everyone camps out during the day up until the fireworks show later that night.
We were on the island side facing the river and all of the boats.  And it was so hot.  Oh my god.  You would think being from Louisiana we would be used to this, but nope.  We were pathetic little sweaty creatures whining and all sorts.  But the view was so pretty and worth it!  
So we sat around and took in the view, then walked around the city for a bit, ended up at our favorite Thai restaurant, then headed back to the river front for the fireworks later that night.
Now about the food.. the restaurant is called Thai Basil.  I ordered my favorite basil fried rice that never disappoints.  If you’re ever in Boston and in the mood for Thai, I recommend this place!  It’s on Newbury Street (where all the shopping is), which is also the best part of Boston in my opinion, so it’s definitely worth checking out!
By the way, I may have a little obsession with boats and I was so jealous of all those people out on the river.  So who wants to invite me on their boat!?  I’ll bring the beer!
boston charles river

boston charles river

boston charles river
How cute is that boot drink!?  Adorable, right?  But don’t let it fool ya.. it was a NON-ALCOHOLIC pina colada.  What the what?  And here’s where my mini rant of the day begins.
As much as I love Boston, this is what I can not stand about this area.  There were zero drink vendors at the festival.  I just don’t get it.  I guess I’m so used to New Orleans and the laid back, relaxed, atmosphere.  Don’t get me started on the prohibited alcohol sales on Memorial Day in Massachusetts either (how else do you celebrate an American holiday)?  I feel like everything is so restricted over here.  
Like for example, at work this morning we were talking about our 4th of July weekend, and a co-worker of mine was legit excited that she had popped fireworks.  Then went on to add that she had never done that before.  Because they’re illegal.  Say whaaat?  
See, in Louisiana you grow up doing and having these things and just don’t think twice about it.  You just assume the rest of the world is the same, but in reality, it’s not.  And it feels like almost every day I come across a situation like this where I realize just how different parts of this country really is.  I could go on forever comparing the north vs the south, but I’ll save that for a different day.  End rant!

So tell me, is is just a Louisiana thing and the rest of the world actually has rules?  Or is Massachusetts just cray cray?

Stay tuned tomorrow for my New York City recap!  
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19 thoughts on “4th of July Poppin’ in Boston

  1. Shannon Rice

    Wow – I didn't know Massachusetts has all those rules! Seems crazy to me – I prefer the drinks when I'm celebrating!!


  2. Leeann @ Join the Gossip

    In SoCal we are pretty relaxed too. Although we can't walk around with alcohol like you. Each of our cities have different firework laws. It's random. The city I grew up in allows them but the surrounding ones don't.

    Aside from those bogus laws and lack of booze, it looks like a fun weekend! I'd love to be in such a historical place for the 4th 🙂

  3. Caitlin

    Found your blog through Meg and adore it! I LOVE that boot drink!! It's a shame it was non-alcoholic, but it is LOVE! I also agree with the boat thing… I need to get one in my future 🙂

  4. Lauren

    I was in Boston for the 4th when I was in high school so I didn't notice the alcohol rules, but that is crazy! And never popping fireworks? I never knew the south was so progressive, haha.

  5. Rachel

    When I lived in Kentucky, my family lived in a "dry county"–so no alcohol was sold in the county. I think those are pretty rare in the U.S. though. Our current state, Michigan, just relaxed fireworks restrictions and allowed kinds that were previously limited to professional use only….my husband is a burn nurse, and worked the 4th and 5th, and yep, they had some victims of horrible fireworks accidents admitted. So I wonder how long those fireworks will stay legal in our state…

    The boot is a pretty sweet container, I have to admit!

  6. tiffany khyla.

    I didn't realize popping fireworks was illegal anywhere? I thought that was just a thing. Hmm… And how are you supposed to celebrate 4th of July with non-alcoholic beverages?! It just doesn't work. Only two weeks till you'll be back in Louisiana? Yayyy!

  7. Catherine Bailey

    Wow! Looks like you had a great weekend! I am always shocked that it is illegal to shoot fireworks in some states because in Alabama it isn't. Actually, if you drive from Alabama to Georgia, where they are illegal, you will see TONS of fireworks stands right the AL/GA border! BUT, that being said, we have open container laws in Alabama and you can't carry a drink anywhere. Even on game days. (although people do). Plus, in my city, you sill can't buy alcohol, even in restaurants, on Sundays!

  8. Dara

    I've never set off fireworks either. they're illegal in NJ. There were definitely people who did it anyway and I did my share of sparklers. But growing up that way I really have no desire to set off my own fireworks! they scare me!

  9. jackie jade

    looks like a fun weekend. that drinkie looks amazing but so weird about the alcohol laws. usually places are a little more relaxed for holidays. hope you still had fun though 🙂
    — jackie @ jade and oak

  10. Kristen

    That boot drink is hands down the cutest thing everrr! They definitely need to add some alcohol to it though! Prohibited alcohol sales??? What the?!

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