I took this photo of the stage as the audience was coming in--and then an usher told me I wasn't allowed to take pictures.
The light colored flag in the background was used as a screen for photos and special lighting.
On the evening of the 4th, we went on a cruise in the New York harbor on a two masted ship. We were down at the dock early, so here we are having a drink: Peter and Lynne, Martha and John, and my Charlie.
The fireworks from Jersey City went off for the half-hour before the East River display (paid by Macy's), so we had a good HOUR long barrage of flashes and booms.
Then the sails were put up and we had a night time close-up of the Statue of Liberty. All in a light drizzle.
Saturday afternoon we participated in a "scavenger hunt"-like game or drama in lower Manhatten. We were to deliver four plane tickets to hoodlums so they could escape the city and get to a Caribbean island. Each one gave us the clues to find the next, and see different neighborhoods along the way.
At one point we had a fortune cookie with a fortune that was all written in Chinese. That meant we needed to walk into Chinatown, get it translated by someone, and then "pick-up" the required item for delivery. The translation was "I want a frog." At a fish stall, there was a barrel of frogs, and we purchased a whopper for $3.00 (which we had been given). Lynne carried the frog. (And you can see she is wearing on of the two identifying baseball hats members of our group had to wear.)