Fourth of July 2013 in Salem MA

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So, when you live by the water in Salem, Massachusetts, the Fourth of July is kind of a big deal. The celebration basically happens in our backyard. Here’s a quick peek at what it’s like during the day…and after dark.

Fourth of July, early in the day

The Angry Chef and I took a walk to meet friends for a drink in the afternoon. The wharf was just starting to fill up, with people claiming their spots for the orchestra and fireworks early in the day.

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We wound our way to The Lobster Shanty, and had a drink or two on the patio.

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Fourth of July in Salem, fireworks

I took a quick stroll around 9:30 that night to say hi to a few friends who were watching the fireworks with their kids. I made a quick loop through the crowd, which was, as you can see, pretty darned big.

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That’s the Custom House on the Salem Wharf.

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And the big ship is the Friendship.

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They do a big band/orchestra type thing every year, culminating in a big fireworks display over the harbor.

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Before the Salem fireworks go off, you can actually see the Marblehead display from across the water.

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And, finally…Salem’s fireworks. Admittedly, my night photography skills can use a little improvement. 😉

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You can see how big the crowd was from my vantage point here, on the edge of the water.

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All in all, a really nice event!

How did you celebrate? What did you cook? Leave a message below, let us know!

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Jessie Cross is a cookbook author and creator of The Hungry Mouse, a monster online food blog w/500+ recipes. When she's not shopping for cheese or baking pies, Jessie works as an advertising copywriter in Boston. She lives in Salem, Massachusetts with her husband and two small, fluffy wolves.

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