We started the morning off with the complimentary breakfast at the Statehouse Inn. I love the fact that more and more hotels are going to this hot breakfast offering. This was an excellent variety of eggs, potatoes, biscuits & Gravy as well as make your own waffles. There were plenty of other breakfast options available. And once I found hot tea I was happy! So what to do on this Independence Day... The Illinois State Museum was open for regular weekday hours (8:30 A.M.-5:00 P.M!) FYI the children's play museum closes an hour earlier. This whole museum is very hands on (except the art gallery) and took less than 2 hours (with a 2 year old tour guide.) The play museum on the lower level was where we spent the rest of the afternoon. The volunteer on duty was excellent with the kids and very nice to us adults too! There were lots of things for D to investigate. Including this cave...The museum supplied small flashlights and hard hats. Very cute! From a microscope with bugs and stuff in "glass" to view, to a bone excavation site complete with shovels. There was so much there that I don't think we played with everything, but she tried! She could have easily spent hours more there but nap time got in the way. Did I mention this was FREE? Not a bad way to spend a steamy 4th of July.
Not much open food-wise because of the holiday so we ended up Hardees for lunch. For the record, this does not break the rules because while it is a chain, we can't get it at home.
We attended the Capitol Celebration of the fourth in time to catch the bands. D was more interested in the marching band and naming all the instruments so we didn't hear the country band. The Springfield Municipal band was very good. As we were pointing out instruments between songs, a very nice woman held up her french horn for D to see. Dinner was a corn dog from a street vendor. Not to healthy but yummy! We watched the fireworks from the van in the hotel parking lot because there was nowhere to park to go in to our room. D thought they were pretty :-)