Independence Day means many things to many people. For some, this Independence Day is a celebration of American power and might. For others, this Independence Day is a celebration of hope for America to become a nation with a bigger and better heart. But, wherever you stand on the issues of the day, Independence Day is a day of celebration. Your friends at Gildshire know how to celebrate like nobody’s business. But, for one-day only (like a good mattress sale) it is your business as we pull back the curtain on Gildshire’s 4th of July.
We started our 4th with brunch by the pool. Gildshire’s San Diego offices offer easy access to poolside dining. The traditional brunch items were there along with San Diego’s legendary fish tacos. Fresh fruit, waffles, the aforementioned tacos, a dip in the pool and we were off. It wasn’t yet 10:30, but we were on our way. How on our way?
Our next destination was to the beach for volleyball. The Gildshire staff was challenged by the staff of the San Diego County Credit Union to an epic volleyball battle for beach supremacy. The struggle was real, and the competition tense. How did we do?
Did you really have any doubt? Gildshire hires only the fittest and most athletic folks out there. The Credit Union? Well, not so much.
The hot volleyball action left us with a burning desire for two things. A dip in the warm Pacific to wash the victory sand off of our bodies was first on our minds. Close behind, was more food. Do you have any idea how hungry volleyball vanquishing can make you? Let’s just say that the brunch food was long burned away and it was time for lunch.
Balboa Park provided the place, Gildshire provided the appetites and Affordable Affairs Gourmet Catering provided the food and refreshments. What a spread? There was an antipasto platter, and baked parmesan crusted artichoke fondue. But, that was just the appetizer piece. The main course included a Santa Fe Tex-Mex theme. A grilled vegetable enchilada casserole, alongside a marinated and grilled carne asada. You get the idea.
Oh, you were wondering about victory drinks? But, of course. The bartender from Grants Grill stopped by with a few 100-day Manhattans, and one of the leading cocktail shakers from Noble Expressions brought some gimlets to our gathering. Our day of celebration was a great day already and it was only mid-afternoon.
We loved our time at Balboa Park, and some of us could have used a nap under the trees, but San Diego’s Old Town was next up. For people who haven’t been here before, let us play tour guide for a minute. Yes, San Diego is about the beach and the Gaslamp District, but a little way north of downtown is Old Town. That’s where vibrant Mexican restaurants feature boisterous happy hours and live mariachi music. Perched above, Presidio Park offers sweeping views and is home to Junípero Serra Museum, highlighting city and state history.
Old Town is a not-to-be-missed stop for anyone visiting San Diego, but for locals like ourselves, Independence Day at Old Town features some really fun, old-school activities. There was an egg toss competition and cherry pit spitting for distance and accuracy. Modesty forbids me from naming names but a prominent member of Gildshire’s management took home the big prize for pit spitting. Her success made the song for the next leg of our day-trip an easy one.
By this time, we were only about an hour from the sunset over San Diego Bay. It was time to wind down a little. The Gildshire family likes to play hard (can you tell?) but, at the end of the day, we are all about our families. The grand finale of any good Independence Day is the fireworks show, and it is something that makes memories for the kids, who are the reason we do what we do.
So, from our family to yours, we hope you enjoyed this look at our 4th of July.