We have a big weekend ahead of us here at the Addison. The 4th of July is always a fun weekend with lots going on in town. The weekend starts off Friday night with the Sounds on Center concert series. This month it is Jimmy Parrish and the Ocean Waves singing your favorite Margaritaville songs. We have a Union Garrison at Fort Clinch this weekend too. On Sunday we are going to fire up the grill for our annual cookout. I’ll be grilling hand-made hamburgers and we’ll have salads to go with the burgers and a big pot of baked beans from the Happy Tomato. We even have a wedding right after the cookout on Sunday.
On Monday there is the day-long Freedom Festival in Central Park with live music all afternoon. After our Happy Hour guests can watch the parade as all the fun moves down to the waterfront. The bands will continue playing at the marina until the fireworks start at 9:30.
I love doing the cookout each July 4th but what really has my mouth watering is the Great Southern Tailgate Cook Off on August 26th and 27th. I’m already thinking of those ribs slowly cooking on the open flames. We hosted Tuffy Stone last year and he brought a ton of great barbecue back from the contest for our Happy Hour. Bretta, our friend at the Convention and Visitors Bureau, has promised me another contestant this year. I can grill but those guys can really barbecue!