It seems as if every summer day is going by faster and faster. It's hard to believe that the 4th of July has already passed and that we are now looking into September, but let's rewind back to the 4th of July for just a little bit...
I was very excited for the 4th to come and to see how everything played out. But before the big day could come I was given the responsibility of set-up on the 3rd. As I arrived to The Commons at 7:30AM I was feeling like a "big girl" with all of my important responsibilities that day. The Chamber had quite the agenda for the 3rd; from 4th of July set-up, to retail meetings, to the farmers' market. In order to ensure everything went off without a hitch the three of us (Laura, Jocelyn, and I) had to divide and conquer. By the time the day was done I took a moment to look at The Commons and see all that I had done - given the set-up wasn't rocket science by any means but I did it all by myself and that was something I was proud of!
6:00 AM on the 4th rolled around quickly and we were in action at The Commons. The day itself was actually not that complicated from an event aspect, so this might not be the juiciest of blogs. The weather of course is always a wild card and decided to surprise us with some early morning storms. I actually ran in the 5K, but as soon as I finished my race my dad (the Fire Chief of Excelsior) was warning me about the bad weather that was coming in quick and told me to get everyone to shelter. The Chamber team quickly informed everyone to take shelter and before we knew it, it was storming. I guess it added an element of excitement to the day, but we could've lived without it. The rest of the day went as planned.
If you were ever wondering about the Chamber intern perks I'm about to share the biggest one. The Chamber intern gets to give the signal for when the fireworks begin, and it's so exciting! This experience was especially special for me because I was able to do it alongside my dad. I was stationed in the command post during the National Anthem and was listening to it via radio. I had that radio in one hand, and my dad's radio in the other. I was so nervous to mess it up, my heart was racing as I waited for the end of the song to near. Soon enough Laura told me "now!" and I radioed over to the barge my famous words: "command post to barge, shoot the fireworks!" The short moment that we waited in silence to hear for the first big crack of the firework seemed like ages. I was locked eyes with my dad as we waited, both hoping the barge had heard my command. Thankfully we heard the boom of the firework and my heart could finally rest. That moment was one I will never forget about this internship, and one that I will forever brag about.
Moriah Gerber is the Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Chamber of Commerce Intern, bringing you on the inside to learn about the full Chamber experience.