Now fast forward to our beautiful nation's holiday (and start chanting, "USA USA USA!") and off to Epcot I went. I rushed over there after work, and traffic and crowds were crazy, but I still had fun! Be warned, it will take you forever to get home. My advice is to try to park as far back as you can, near the road. My normal commute from Epcot is 20 minutes, but last night took me about 45. Which I was okay with, because I heard rumors of TWO HOURS. :/
The night reminded me a lot of New Year's at Epcot. Loads of people, but all in happy spirits. It made me excited to be able to redeem by 2013 New Year's at Epcot. (It was so terrible!)
So, the played Illuminations like normal, and then tacked on an American themed encore at the end. I loved when they blasted out past president recordings, especially JFK. Ready for my favorite part? As they set off the finale, it didn't stop. Literally. There were so many BOOMS, your whole body and ground were shaking, couldn't hear anything but those BOOMS, barely could see anything because of those BOOMS. And here's how me and my friends react to that: whole belly, nonstop laughing. It was wonderful! :)
And then, they kept randomly blasting off more fireworks! It was awesome! Plus, you could see Hollywood Studio's behind the American pavillon, which was extra cool.
So, out of all the theme park Fourth of July fireworks, Epcot takes the first place prize. Hands down. :)
I would like to end this post by thanking that older gentleman for loudly singing "I'm Proud To Be An American" with my friends and I....and then continuing to sing when most of us stopped...and then just had a duet with Colleen instead. It exemplified America perfectly: patriotic, passionate, loving, and a little weird. :D