Monday, July 4, 2011

Day 37- July 4th American Style!

Today, I was proud to be an American. Today I lived the American Dream. And Today I felt more American than I have in my entire life. Being in NYC you never know how you are going to feel when it comes to culture and the things that surround you. There are so many different people from all over the world in one place and sometimes it can get a little crazy. But today those others things were put to the side, for one day, this city became America's home base and put on a couple of the Nations most talked about 4th of July Events: The Nathans Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest and the Macy's 4th of July Firework Spectacular, and I was there to witness both.

I woke up this morning as a man on a mission, I met up with Kenneth and Sunny and we headed down to Coney Island for one of the biggest events that happens in the country on the 4th of July, The Nathans Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. We got there around 9:45 and it was the perfect time to get there, we got ourselves a place to the right of the stage if you were looking at it, right near the front. So you couldn't have asked for a better place to sit! The event started around 10ish with the opening band who played a bunch of American Classics to open it up. It was the best pre-show concert I have ever seen, and then the announcer came on and got the crowd riled up and ready to go. They started out with the Womens competition first, and it was the first time they had a women's and men's divisions separate and the woman that won, Sonya Thomas, devoured 40 hot dogs in 10 minutes. It was one of the craziest things I have ever seen before. After the woman were finished the main event occurred, broadcasting live on ESPN from Coney Island, I watched the replay of it afterwards to see if I found myself, and sure enough I was there! The main event and defending champion Mr. Joey Chestnut took the stage, the crowd went crazy! Definitely a huge crowd favorite was Chestnut and he didn't let his fans down. He successfully defended his Mustard Belt by eating 62 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. I thought Thomas putting down 40 was impressive, but I don't think I have ever seen anything more disgusting but at the same time more "brilliant" in my life! Yes I said the word Brilliant, it takes a very special person to do what Chestnut did today, winning the title for the 5th straight year in a row. After it was finished the three of us hopped on a Subway and headed back to relax before the evening of fireworks.

After I got back I chilled for bit, and then headed to Chelsea Piers for the famous Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular! Talk about your rush of people I went with a friend of mine Julie from the program and we headed to 24th street and ended up less than a block away from the pier in perfect position to see the fireworks. I can't really tell you how amazing they were, because words don't even say anything about them, I took a video that I will post on Youtube, so all of you can see how amazing these fireworks really were. It was definitely the best fireworks that I have ever seen in my life, just the fact that I was there watching them, in NYC on the 4th of July was almost surreal. I will let you know when that video is posted so you can see the most amazing fireworks display ever!

Like I said up top, I felt like the ultimate American! I watch the Hot Dog Eating Contest every year at home, but never really experienced it until today, and it was fantastic! I also watch the Macy's fireworks at home if I am not watching some somewhere else, so it was amazing to be apart of that as well. New York City is the great American Melting Pot, no matter where you are from or what you do for a living, NYC is a place where everyone can come together. Today New York City WAS America! And I had the privilege of experiencing two of the greatest 4th of July events that happen in all of America! I love this city and I love this country! This weekend was by far the best weekend since I have been here in New York, and I honestly don't know how it is going to be topped. I have my talk show next Sunday so, that may do it, but for a whole weekend to be filled with such events that are so popular, was just amazing! Happy Birthday America, and thank you to everyone that made this weekend so special! God Bless!

Dream ON!!!!

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