robertisenberg

Independence Day: 1

In Pittsburgh on July 5, 2009 at 6:15 pm

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My friend Nicole has a house on Mount Washington, and as luck would have it, I was invited to her Fourth of July party. Nicole cooked up a few dozen hotdogs and burgers, and we stuffed ourselves on a potluck of appetizers. Nicole’s back porch overlooks a significant drop to the street, where neighbors were playing a game of “Cornhole.” The game has surged in popularity throughout Pittsburgh; all along Carson Street, passersby will see players tossing bean-bags at plastic shields, trying to hit the center-hole. We cheered from above for both teams; the players raised their fists in victory salutes. Meanwhile, rockets shot off all along the street, bursting into star-patterns and crackling as debris dropped to the roofs.

As the sun diminished and 9:30 approached, we hiked up the streets toward Grandview Avenue, the most aptly-named street in Pittsburgh. Our dozen friends jumped the fence and gathered on a patch of grass overlooking the Ohio River. This wasn’t ideal seating, but the farther up-river spectactors go, the more competitive the views; the bridges are particularly hot real estate.

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