Tuesday, July 05, 2011

4th of July in the UAE

How do you observe the 4th of July in the UAE? Well, let's see. It was a three-day weekend, but that was because of the Al Isra Wal Miraj holiday on Thursday.

The fact that I had a dentist appointment at 5pm on July 4th certainly wasn't very festive.

A big clue that it was an unusual weekend was when there was so much work to do for my job. All of us employees draw from a central depository of work and when it's gone, it's gone, (until it's replenished, of course). This weekend, it was never gone. It was just me, working away on the 4th of July like nobody's business. Also not festive.

Which means we're left with the bounty of almost-expired, on-sale chicken hot dogs we found at Carrefour that we grilled up for dinner. We invited over our American neighbors to share, and they brought along the fixings for banana splits.

Sadly, there were no fireworks.

I guess the 4th of July is one of those holidays that's hard to do on your own in a foreign country. We got lucky one year in Jordan when someone in our neighborhood set off some spectacular wedding celebration fireworks on the 4th of July, but otherwise, our overseas celebrations have been pretty tame. One of these years, we'll have to try to be in Oregon for the fabulous Oak Hills fireworks display on the 4th of July. As a kid, I remember being so impatient for it to get dark so the show could begin. I hope to give my girls the same experience...someday...

4 comments:

Liz Johnson said...

Not to brag or rub salt in your wound, but we went to the county fair and rode a ferris wheel. Oh, and watched pigs race. Oh, and saw fireworks. It was kind of awesome here in the midwest.

Myrna said...

You can trade places with me for a night, if you want to, just so I can get some sleep. Since Utah decided that aerial fireworks are okay for anyone to purchase this year, and since I live where there are many cul-de-sacs and parks and churches with big parking lots, we get fireworks every night. Every. Night. I feel like I am living in a war zone, surrounded by artillery fire. One night of fireworks? Lovely and amazing. Fireworks every night? I will gladly trade that for a good night's sleep.

Steven said...

I'm with Myrna. It's been EVERY NIGHT for the past week now... Which I wouldn't mind if I didn't have to wake up at 5 every day...

Brittany Cornett said...

Yesterday Justin asked me what my favorite fourth of july was and I came up blank. I really wanted to name some fourth when we were together but then I remembered the reason I dont have a good memory. That is for 4 or 5 years when we were in cambell ward we went to the baseball game and sweat like crazy. I am usually a supportive wife and I know Justin loves baseball but honestly I never enjoyed myself. Baseball is the longest game that was ever created. It just goes on and on. This year we went to a golf course in marana where they did a shindig and we sat on a picnic blanket while the mixture of lightning and fireworks mesmerised us. It also helped that it was faintly sprinkling the best weather we have had for months. Makes for a better memory than the past has!

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