MP900227556 copyI love fireworks! Especially Fourth of July fireworks!

I haven’t missed Fourth of July fireworks in almost 16 years… since the day my daughter was born
… on the Fourth of July.
Yes, I guess we kind of had our own fireworks in the delivery room that year, but it wasn’t really the same thing.
I don’t typically get an epidural when I go see fireworks.

But this year we’re missing them because we’re doing a family trip to Iceland.
Why Iceland?
Why not?
It’s actually really close (about a 5 hour non-stop flight), they have 23 hours of daylight, and an average daily temperature of about 66F. The whole country is covered in glaciers and hot springs.

Strokkur geyser in Iceland. (One of the few you can spell and pronounce!)
Strokkur geyser in Iceland. (One of the few you can spell and pronounce!)

There are spectacular volcanoes, geysers and waterfalls to see, ice ridges to climb, springs to soak in, and whales to watch. We are really, really excited!

There are, however, no fireworks. When I was little, I thought everyone celebrated July 4th with fireworks until my brother told me I was a dummy and it is an AMERICAN holiday. And since Iceland is not part of the US, I have to assume there will be no fireworks.

The good news is, later on in July I will be going to a huge blog conference called Blogher in Chicago and I actually will get to see some fireworks.

Even better, I get to see them from a boat!


I’ve been invited aboard a chartered Seadog speedboat for a spectacular fireworks cruise! Since I’m not from Chicago, I was not familiar with this company, but I checked them out to make sure it was going to be safe as well as fun. Turns out they are a Trip Advisor 2013 Certificate of Excellence winner, they offer cruises for small groups and individuals, as well as customizable group events for up to 450 people, and feature specific holiday cruises, such as Memorial Day, the 4th of July (!) and Halloween. Seemed legit to me.

But the thing that I really loved was the fact that 
they are pet friendly so your dog can go on a Seadog cruise as well! (Dogs ride for free, space permitting).

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My dog Monty who is very sad he’s not going on a Seadog cruise

I’m not actually bringing my dog on this trip, and he’s going to be really annoyed when he finds out I could have taken him on a Seadog cruise. But he’ll get over it.

In case you are headed to Blogher in Chicago, or just going to Chicago for another reason, or happen to LIVE in Chicago but never heard of Seadog, here’s a little more info I learned about them (this is from their website):

Seadog offers four fun ways to see and experience Chicago from the water:
Lakefront Speedboat Tour: 
This 30-minute cruise along the shoreline offers a descriptive tour of Chicago’s famous skyline, while playing your favorite music.

Extreme Thrill Ride: 
This cruise is perfect for the dare-devil in you! This 30-minute ride features splash down stops, 180-degree turns, slalom runs and more.
River and Lake Architectural Tour: 
Enjoy historic views of Chicago’s famous landmarks and neighborhoods during this 75-minute cruise on both Lake Michigan and the Chicago River.
Lakefront Fireworks Cruise: 
Enjoy front-row seats to the spectacular fireworks display aboard our Lakefront Fireworks Cruise! Cruise along Lake Michigan with an exciting speedboat ride paired with an informative tour of the Chicago skyline, then end the evening with a dazzling fireworks show and top-40 hits playing in the background! The open aired vessel allows for panoramic views, providing a perfect view. The Seadog Fireworks Cruise is available on Wednesdays and Saturdays, running from Memorial Day – Labor Day.

I’m assuming the one I’m booked for is the Lakefront Fireworks Cruise. It looks like it’s going to be a fun time and….

I’m sure it will float my boat! (ha!)

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post by Seadog, Iceland, our Founding Fathers, people who make fireworks, or anyone else. The opinions here are all my own. For more information, about Seadog, please visit
To learn more about Iceland, go to
To find out why we shoot off fireworks on the 4th of July, CLICK HERE
(hint: It has something to do with John Adams).

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  • Coffee Lovin Mom

    Sea Dog is very cool! It’s usually the biggest line at Navy Pier – you will have so much fun! My husband and I were in Germany one year on the forth, I think we got sparklers in the dessert.

    • lostinsuburbiablog

      We were in Austria for the 4th of July one year and my husband lost his passport. We had to extend our trip an extra five days while we waited for the American consulate to reopen so he could get a temporary passport. We ate a lot of Weiner Schnitzel that week!

  • TheNewElizabeth

    I’ve been wanting to go to Iceland for years. Sounds like fun. That and the Seadog cruise, too. What a fun summer!

    • lostinsuburbiablog

      Should be a fun July! As long as I don’t get seasick! 🙂

  • energywriter

    Both trips sound amazing. Have fun and think of the rest of us sitting at home watching reruns and trying to catch up on our email. sd

    • lostinsuburbiablog

      I’m excited for all the travel. One trip with the kids… one trip without. Seems fair!

  • robblightfoot

    And if you REALLY want to get a sinking feeling, take in a Cubs game… Have a great trip, Tracy. Looking forward to hearing more about it.

    • lostinsuburbiablog

      Thanks Robb. I apologize for not getting back to you on your questions yet! It’s been a busy couple of weeks and it’s almost all family stuff! Will try to respond in the next couple of days!)

  • mariakgun

    Oh wow – this is such a weird coincidence. I just read your segment on 3 Things for Mom, checked out your book on Amazon, bought it – and then came here. And the first thing I see is that you’re coming to my country, Iceland! 🙂 Hope you have a great time over here – and please bring some sunny, warm weather with you cause we sure could use it. If you want any tips on all things Icelandic, let me know.

    Re fireworks – we go all out on New Year’s Eve, but unfortunately we obviously don’t celebrate the 4th of July in any way.

    Very much looking forward to reading your book – I have 15 and 8 year old daughters, and while I feel old and uncool enough on my own, having a teenage daughter absolutely takes you over the edge in that regard! 😉

    • lostinsuburbiablog

      So nice to meet you!! This is actually our second trip to Iceland. We loved it so much when we went four years ago we are coming back with the kids. Need to show them the Golden Circle. the Blue Lagoon, and Eyjafjallajökull. Hoping the sun comes out in time for our trip!

  • Heather {Desperately Seeking Sanity}

    ooh wee… ooh wee baby! Can’t wait to meet you as we discuss how bummed Monty and Rhoda will be when they realize we left them behind! See you on the boat!

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