When the opportunity came to cross the border for the July 4th Long Weekend to go and celebrate with the Americans, Sarah and I couldn’t say no. Being Canadians, it’s fun to join in the fun south of the border to ring in Independence Day full of barbecues and hot dogs and sunshine and lots of red, white and blue.
In order to get to all the beautiful little spots, a car was necessary. We stayed in a cottage at Birch Bay, but took advantage of the local gems hidden nearby. The closest border crossing is at Peace Arch, and the Birch Bay area is a quick and pleasant drive.
Our first stop was the stunning Whatcom Falls, a gorgeous little park complete with waterfalls and gurgling streams. The best spot in the park is the big swimming hole where plenty of people gather to enjoy the sunshine and be daredevils by jumping 30 feet off the cliffside!
We headed to Lake Padden to join the celebrations lakeside complete with BBQs and annual Independence Day swims. The lake was full of families picnicking, suntanning, swimming, stand-up paddleboarding, pier-jumping and floating in massive floaties under the hot sun. It was the perfect weather to swim half a kilometre across the lake and back, and then get all toasty on the sand.
Of course the highlight of this holiday is the fireworks. We watched them go off right from the shore of the gorgeous Birch Bay State Park after catching the loveliest sunset dipping below the horizon.
*Including photos by Sarah