A retro 4th of July weekend

The heat was relentless going into the 4th of July weekend and on the patriotic holiday, plans were indoors.  That’s where the retro theme of this year’s celebration of independence came from, as a marathon of “Gidget,” starring Sally Field, was airing on TV.  I’m not sure when it was, but I used to catch this 1960s series in reruns before and loved it!  So, while awaiting the night’s fireworks, I kept cool and enjoyed the show once again.

Before long, it was time to head Harrah’s Casino along the Delaware River, where arrival was a few hours early for the fireworks.  Plenty of time for a decent parking space and dinner at one of the restaurants inside.  Philly Tap & Tavern was the dining establishment of choice and it has a great view of cargo ships and sailboats going up and down the river.  It seemed as though everyone would gaze out at them while enjoying their food, which was excellent, by the way!

A crowd gathered quickly in outdoor seating that overlooked the casino’s racetrack and it was difficult finding seats at first.  Once a few were found, it was about 20 minutes until the fireworks.  It was still very humid out as 10 p.m. drew near, yet the atmosphere was festive and alive with patriotism.  Finally, the fireworks began along with songs of American spirit; it was an amazing display of brilliant colors!  It wrapped up with a finale that shook through the seating area!


The next entertainment of the holiday weekend wasn’t until saturday; despite the heat, I couldn’t imagine the entire time spent indoors.  So I was off to a classic car show at East Lake Park in Ridley Park, Pa., where a variety of cool rides were parked under the shade of many trees.  From antiques and ‘50s hotrods to more recent cars, people of many different tastes could spot a favorite set of wheels.  These were some of mine:

Orange Classic Car

Antique By Water

As I was heading back to the parking lot across the street, this awesome hotrod with flames arrived at the car show.  The owner parked it on the grass among other classic cars, so I walked back to check it out and take a few pictures.

Blk Hotrod Flames

Retracing my steps again, I stopped to photograph some other cool cars, including one called a Galaxie.  The name by one tail light caught my eye, bringing to mind Rudolph Valentino of old Hollywood, even though it was referring to a car dealership.

Rudy Val Ford

After leaving the car show, it was time for a cool treat and place in mind was a local ice cream shop decorated in classic pop culture.  On the walls of Just Ice Cream, you can find images of Betty Boop cartoons, John Wayne, Lucille Ball and many other icons.

This rootbeer float was delicious!

This rootbeer float was delicious!

I went back to the ice cream shop two days later as well, after talking to the owner about a James Dean item.  I ended up with two of the same item and thought of donating one to Just Ice Cream as an addition to the classic-themed decor.

JIC JD Poster

Overall, it was a great 4th of July weekend; I love so much of retro pop culture and the holiday weekend had a cool blast-from-the-past feeling.

About caroldwyer

A freelance photographer and blogger, I'm also a non-traditional graduate of Cabrini College with a B.A. in communication, minor in English and concentration in film studies. As a student, I was a staff writer, photographer and copy editor for the Loquitur. In my final semester, I assisted in promoting campus literary events for Woodcrest Literary Magazine. I love travel, historic places, nature, wildlife and the arts. I hope to be involved in some way with one of those areas throughout my media career. Currently, I'm pursuing my M.F.A. in creative writing and publishing. Read my film blog at http://cdwyerfilminspired.wordpress.com - and my literary blog at http://cdwyerbookishgrad.wordpress.com
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