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Chase Family 4th: Gas Works Park - a sea of color, sound and lights

Tuesday, July 7, 2009by  WALLY Team

One of the great rituals in American life is that in cities and towns across the country – large and small – people gather to celebrate the Fourth of July. Sure, there are regional variations of the festivities, but most Americans share the same experiences: barbeques, kids, and of course, fireworks.  

That was certainly the scene when I joined PEMCO Brand Ambassadors Anna Friedman and Peter Young at Gas Works Park in Seattle to celebrate Independence Day at Chase Family 4th. A sea of red, white, and blue complemented the beautiful scenery and the sparkle of the sun glinting off Lake Union.  

It was great to see people of all ages – college friends, babies, senior citizens – and all walks of life come together for the event. At our PEMCO booth, right near the entrance, we met hundreds of people from all over the Northwest and talked with them about what makes the Fourth of July special to them. 

Ben from Fremont told us he's been coming to Gas Works for the Fourth of July fireworks spectacular for years. In fact, it's quickly becoming a family tradition as he now brings his own baby boy and wife to experience the magic from atop Kite Hill.  'I look forward to the 4th every summer. There is no better place to watch the fireworks show in Seattle than Gas Works,' he said.

He's right. Kite Hill offers a unique vantage point, with Lake Union and the downtown skyline forming a scenic backdrop. Plus you get a better idea of how big the crowd is from up high. The PEMCO Brand Ambassadors left thinking what a wonderful way to celebrate Independence Day.Celebrating July Fourth

We also had a fun promotional event in which we asked people to show their enthusiasm for our national celebration by singing 'Happy Birthday' to America. Check out a couple of our winners belting it out in the photo below. 

Don't forget, Anna and I will be at Marymoor Park on Tuesday, July 7.  Hope to see you there!

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