We spent the 4th of July evening at our friends' place in Malibu, sitting on their hilltop with a view of the Southern California Coast, watching the seaside fireworks displays stretching from Point Dume down to the Palos Verde Peninsula.
Here's the view - the barge floating off-shore is where the fireworks shoot from. This is a private fireworks show, given by some wealthy Malibu resident - name unknown - living on the beach. But each year a permit for the display is pulled, so we know it is going to happen. Our friends' place on the hill is a perfect viewpoint.
We gathered at tables on the lawn. Picnics were encouraged; potluck was welcome. There was a grill for hot dogs and a griddle for warming tortillas to make burritos. Inside the house, desserts awaited - here's a picture!
The weather was cool this year - we were happy for the shelter of the wall and the fireplace where a warming fire burned.
We brought Jack, who had a wonderful time. Here he is, renewing his friendship with Franny, our friends' dog.
Everybody has fun on the holiday!