Our First 4th of July on the Lake {& I may have cried a little}

4th of July at Lake Arrowhead

After experiencing our first fun and snowy white Winter, I’ve been admittedly looking forward to our first Summer on the lake, and so far, it hasn’t disappointed. Everyone says it’s a Summer town rather than a Winter one, but we weren’t really sure what they meant until our lake, which is normally nice and quiet and filled with locals, was suddenly packed full of party people we like to refer to as “flat landers” {or Howlies, as my husband calls them ;} . It’s such a funny term but it’s used often up here on the mountain to refer to people who don’t live here full-time but drive up from the flat desert below, and the longer we live here, the more relevant that word becomes. But holidays here are actually really fun because there are people everywhere {see the photo above} from dawn til dawn, just having the time of their lives.

My brother and sister in law came up with Delilah and we walked down to the lake for a little fun times in the water…

4th of July at Lake Arrowhead

Bro and Sis and Delilah…

4th of July at Lake Arrowhead


And all decked out in Crocs! He’s wearing Men’s Santa Cruz Flip II in gray and she’s wearing Women’s Really Sexi Sandal in espresso {Faves of mine ~ See me wearing them here}

4th of July at Lake Arrowhead

I didn’t have a pair for this lady yet, but her shoes and suit were adorable!


4th of July at Lake Arrowhead

The husband went red, white, and blue with an old Kobe all-star jersey

4th of July at Lake Arrowhead

And Delilah had her first experience in the lake and loved it {but wanted a boat}.

As evening approached, we walked to the Village to catch the Oingo Boingo tribute band called Deadman’s Party. The husband is a HUGE Oingo Boingo fan, so he was in heaven.

4th of July at Lake Arrowhead

Nearly every weekend from May-October, The Village has free concerts and gets packed with people like it’s Disneyland. Our first concert was a Journey tribute band… where we boated to the Village with friends, I poured beer on my face, and had a life-changing experience. Above was the Boingo tribute band, who were really great!

4th of July at Lake Arrowhead

We found a little grassy area to sit and wait until nightfall for the fireworks… Delilah and I took a walk and returned with a fun butterfly toy which kept her busy for a good hour or so {but nearly gave the rest of us seizures}.

4th of July at Lake Arrowhead

We happened to both be wearing polka dots… her dress was purple, my overalls were blue {See my overall outfit post here}

4th of July at Lake Arrowhead

We have fun playing together 😉

4th of July at Lake Arrowhead

4th of July at Lake Arrowhead


As the sun was setting, we headed toward the lake to get a better view of the fireworks, which they set off from a boat or barge in the middle of the water.

4th of July at Lake Arrowhead

The sunset was really gorgeous that night and cast a peachy-orange glow light onto the lake.

4th of July at Lake Arrowhead

We found a spot on the sand and as we waited for the sun to set, watched the boats slowly clutter the entire lake getting ready for the show. It was so pretty I can’t even begin to describe it! The photos, of course, do not do it justice.

4th of July at Lake Arrowhead

And then as the show began, we realized there was a big tree in our line of vision, so we moved closer to the water and had the absolute best view on the planet. Well, I suppose the people on the boats had the best view… which is where we hope to be next year.

And so it began…

4th of July at Lake Arrowhead, fireworks on the water

4th of July at Lake Arrowhead, fireworks on the water

4th of July at Lake Arrowhead, fireworks on the water


I can’t tell you how amazing it was to be sitting on the sand watching the show… and it was the most spectacular firework display I have ever seen. Disneyland puts on a pretty amazing show, but this even beat Disney. It was so amazingly gorgeous with all the little boats on the lake and the reflection on the water, I may have teared up a few times. I was overwhelmed with emotion, it was so pretty.

4th of July at Lake Arrowhead, fireworks on the water

4th of July at Lake Arrowhead

4th of July at Lake Arrowhead, fireworks on the water

Firework Finale Extravaganza!


I know it’s a few days late, but I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July and holiday weekend!

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LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at ...love Maegan.com sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.

16 Comments

  • Misty

    July 9, 2013 | Reply

    I love your overalls.

  • Anonymous

    July 9, 2013 | Reply

    Why would you cry on the Fourth of July? I thought you “couldn’t stand” America?

  • Anonymous

    July 9, 2013 | Reply

    So glad to hear you had such a good time <3

  • Felicia

    July 9, 2013 | Reply

    Great fireworks shots! Your camera settings must have been spot on. Was that a Coach outlet I spied in the background of another pic? Lucky!!

  • Andi of My Beautiful Adventures

    July 9, 2013 | Reply

    Oh the firework pics are just gorgeous!!!!!!!! I would have cried too.

  • CodeOverdressed

    July 9, 2013 | Reply

    What a wonderful way to spend the 4th! Living at this new town sounds fantastic and fun. Glad your family visited, and little Delilah is getting cuter by the minute!

    Cee. ♥
    Code Overdressed

  • Seeking Style

    July 9, 2013 | Reply

    Looks like a great 4th!

    Xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

  • Mana

    July 9, 2013 | Reply

    I love your outfits, and Delilah is so supper cute! I adore her little shoes.

    Mana
    Fashion and Happy Things

  • Anonymous

    July 10, 2013 | Reply

    I’ve seen that fireworks show and I agree, it is unbelieveable!! (BTW, Haole is the correct spelling for the hawaiian slang term you used)

  • Anonymous

    July 10, 2013 | Reply

    The white scattered fireworks on black background photo is a work of art. I’m serious.

  • E Cigarette

    July 10, 2013 | Reply

    It was lovely to see how little Deliah was enjoying with the family members. It is pretty obvious that she is having a good time.

  • Milena Bekalarska

    July 10, 2013 | Reply

    Sweet pics ! Lets see my blog ! Xoxo

  • Sophie Kerr

    July 10, 2013 | Reply

    haha my parents live in the mountains and they are always complaining about how bad the “flatlanders” live. haha. So funny.

    http://datenightoutfits.blogspot.com

  • Jane Droll

    July 12, 2013 | Reply

    well what an awesome fourth of july!!!! i am so glad you are having the time of your life up there!!!!!!! super summer is all lined up for you!!!

  • thankfifi

    July 18, 2013 | Reply

    sounds perfect – love reading of your happiness at the lake 🙂

    Thankfifi

  • Maki

    June 29, 2014 | Reply

    It looks like you had a wonderful time. The night time spectacular looked so romantic too.
    Happy almost 4th!!! xo

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