This year we decided to stay home and enjoy what Bellevue has to offer over the July 4th weekend, heading into a promising forecast. It was sunny, but not warm enough to leave the blankets in the car when we walked the last way into Bellevue Downtown Park with our four foldable camping chairs. It didn't surprise me to find the sidewalks full of people doing exactly the same thing, heading into the huge park where the Fireworks display was going to start promptly at 10:09 pm. Bellevue really comes together on weekends like this, and the Bellevue Arts and Crafts Fair. You discover just how multi-cultural Bellevue has become, truly we have become an international city.
Characteristically the Bellevue Family Fourth celebration is accompanied by the Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra playing their repertoire, all of which evoked pride in Bellevue's grand style, but further in our country and the freedoms we enjoy here. Right to the last minute, they played until the appointed time arrived, and we were led in a countdown by the emcee 10, 9, 8... until the last second when the skies literally exploded with fireworks.
This year the fireworks display was sponsored by Symmetra and the Bellevue Club--we THANK YOU for doing us proud. As a Belleuve Club member, I can say they have really set a tough act to follow, with the Bellevue Club Hotel underpinning the financial health of the Club itself. Symmetra has also been a big support in the community for years.
Everywhere around us in Bellevue Downtown Parkwere shrieks of joy as the sky lit up time after time with colorful sprays of red, green, yellow, and white fireworks, punctuated by the loud booms if not each time because it was mezmerizing to say the least. My wife brought along our Canon Powershot 790 camera to provide these photos.
Sometimes in large crowds there are instances of somebody or some group of people getting roudy or obnoxious. In all the years of coming here, I have only been surrounded by people who are respectful, kind, and there's nobody showboating, just enjoying. This year was no exception, and I think it says something about who Bellevue attracts. You will like it here!