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July Fourth on Craigslist: Are You Lonely, Burned Out, New in Town, or Seeking a Hook-Up?

The Personals section lights up with Independence Day postings.

Photograph via Shutterstock.

With the exception of those time-honored fireworks metaphors, honestly, it’s tough
to connect romance with July Fourth—all that bunting, red, white, and blue, marching
music, and fattening up with barbecue and beer. But then, who knows—maybe waving sparklers
in the air is the key to turning a first date into lasting love (or just a good first
date). There will be plenty of opportunities throughout the Metro area this evening
and tomorrow, thanks to fireworks, parades, and cookouts. No surprise, then, that
Craigslist is filled with posts from individuals seeking friendship, companionship,
romance, a party, a good time, a hook-up—most of all, an occasion not spent alone.

We sifted through a few days worth of posts to provide this random and edited sampling.
Happy Fourth, all.

[Ed. note: All posts appear exactly as written, including spelling and punctuation.]

Brownie Points

Emailification—m4w—42 (dc/nova/md)

The title was just to get you inside the message. I have full command of the English
language. When I text, I do use shortcuts, however when I write, I tend to spell things
out and take my time with my words. Having said all that, how are you doing today?…

The 4th is coming soon. Any good plans for that? I plan to watch my neighbor risk
his hand again lighting fireworks. Last year he managed to nearly reenact a scene
from an Indiana Jones movie as the fire leaped from the pit he was making it in to
the trail of gasoline fumes, to the mason jar he had the gasoline in, exploding only
nanoseconds after he released if from his grasp. …

What else. I will probably take in a baseball game. That seems like a good 4th of
July activity. Maybe go swimming and work on that tan. …

I might also make brownies. Not the good brownies. … I just like brownies. They
taste good. You have to share them though, because I don’t want to be eating a full
tray of brownies. They are pretty good with peanut butter or ice cream or cool whip
and maybe some strawberries too.

So there you go. Peace

Because 29 Would Be Too Old

4th of July—m4w—22 (Alexandria,VA)

I have never done this before, but I would like to hang out with someone for the fourth
of July. We can go to D.C. and walk around, movies, etc. I am a 22 year old man, you
must be women below 28 years of age. Let me know if you are interested. Please reply
with a picture and I will do the same. No picture = no reply. Thanks.

Thrill Seeker

July 4th weekend—m4w—55 (Nova & greater DC)

Going stir crazy. Single, mature, white, active, fit, fun, sane, gentleman seeking
a woman, or a group of men & women, that don’t want to get stuck doing nothing or
doing something alone, this weekend. I’m game to go see fireworks, go trail bike riding,
go kayaking (I have 2), go camping, go fishing, go dancing, play poker all night,
go to movies, rent a motorcycle, go skydiving, etc. Notice all those things involve
going and doing stuff, and NOT sitting around. Need to get out there, daytime and

Maybe we can form a group of singles, divorcees, widows, widowers, separatees, etc
that can all meet somewhere.

He’ll Take You Out to the Ballgame

4th of July Baseball—m4w—40 (Alexandria)

Anyone interested in going to the Nationals baseball game on the 4th of July? Have
an extra ticket and don’t want to go alone. I’ll treat, to include the ticket. Reply
back if interested. Thanks.

Buds With Bud

SM Seeking 4th of July Date—Lets make some plans—m4w—41 (Manassas)

I’m your typical 41 year old, clean-cut, professional, fit, mixed race guy. I’ve been
a single father, and am now a recent empty nester, so I don’t have many female friends
at this stage. I’ve put a couple of CL ads up in the past, but none of those have
come to a good conclusion—mostly spam or time wasters. So, Hit me up if you’re serious
about getting out and having a good time on the 4th of July. I don’t currently have
any plans, but I’m open to doing something with you, if you’re looking for a guy to
hang with.

I’m 420 friendly, and am fairly open-minded.

Tourist Trap

Visiting Couple from PA—m4m (D.C. Metro)

were coming to the Washington D.C. area 4th of July wknd and are seeking some advice
on neighborhood bars/eatery’s, events, and activities that are suitable for a mainstream
couple… were staying near Logan Cir. at B&B NOTE: not seeking hook ups; bathhouses
etc. & ALL REPLIES W/O FireWorks in SUBJECT LINE will be DELETED

“Seacret” Rendezvous

Ocean City—4th of July—w4w—32 (DMV,PG, Ocean City)

I am a SBF, seeking a FWB. Race is unimportant. … I want to check out ‘seacrets’
I hear it’s the most popular spot and since this will be my first time in OC, why
not check it out!! I am not looking to get down and dirty as oon as we meet, but let’s
chat in advance, get to know each other and see where the weekend leads.

NO MEN, sorry I have that COVERED @Home. This is STRICTLY a weekend for me & another

Let’s Be Friends

New to Town—Looking for New Friends—m4m—29 (DC)

I’m a young professional guy who moved to DC to follow a communications job. I landed
out here about a month ago, but work has kept me rather busy. Fortunately, the July
4th holiday falls on Thursday the week this year, making this coming week rather unbusy
for me; so I figured now would be a good time to get out and meet some people.

…I’m up for checking out the monuments, visiting the museums, walking around the
National Mall, getting drinks, or whatever you recommend. I’m an intellectually curious
individual who really enjoys good conversation and learning new things.

I’m 5’9” with an average build …although, no one will accuse me of being a gym rat.
…I suppose we’re all here because on some level we’re lonely or bored; so help solve
that problem by shooting me an email.

At Least Gas Is Included

Atlantic City 4th of July ?—m4w—30 (Northern VA)

title says it all

this is not a date, but rather having some company and getting to know someone..

we’ll share everything ! ( except gas , I am driving anyway )

be in your 20’s early 30’s

A Little R&R

4th of July fun?—m4w—42 (MoCo)

I’m burned out and need some time to getaway. … I’m hoping to getway over the 4th
of july weekend to either Va Beach or Ocean City but open to suggestions such as the

I’m 42 5ft 10 150lb asian (indian) well educated, non smoker, drug free, I enjoy intellectual
converstaion, I can be funny but really have to be in the mood. I’m easy going respectful
of others. You can decide.

I’m not looking for someone close to my age (35-50), non-smoker, social drinker, open
minded, friendly race is unimportant to me….

If you’re still reading then you’re interested and hit the reply and lets getaway

Birthday Girl

Looking for a friend this weekend—w4w—26 (baltimore)

Hello. I live in Virginia but I will be in Baltimore this weekend. My birthday is
the 4th of July and I really want to have a great time and not spend the entire week
alone. I will be 27. Just looking for a new friend to show me around and just have
a great time. I am 5’7 slim im no bad looking broad and I would like to chill with
someone who is somewhat attractive like myself lol and no im not gay I dont play that.
But if interested hmu.

First Comes Love . . . ?

4th Of July Date seeks long term—42 (Reston,Sterling,Ashburn)

I am too lonely, looks for long term to marriage.

No younger than 43 man, prefer you are between 42 and 52.

Tall handsome guy.

Me Asian, pic for pic

No Married man,seriously looking

Cause and Effect

4th!!—49 (Northwest)

Hello & Happy 4th of July!

With the 4th upon us, would any forty something woman be interested in going out for
a causal drink and fine meal on the 4th. After-which we can watch the Fireworks! Perhaps
from a rooftop Cafe.

The Fireworks Metaphor We All Knew Was Coming

It’s the 4th of July… let’s make some fireworks—w4w—46 (NoVA)

Independence Day is upon us; but I can’t celebrate too much….

However, I can entertain a sexy, bi female to make our own fireworks.

I would like to hookup with someone, preferably white or latino, for a day of fun.

We can hang out in DC enjoying the festivities, then take it behind closed doors for
a private celebration.

Neighborhood Watch

Fireworks Date-DWM seeks SWF—48 (Fairfax Station)

What are you doing for the 4th of July ?

My neighbors put on a great show, as good as DC.

I’d hate to watch it alone again this year. Maybe I’ll just stay inside.

It would be nice to have a pretty lady to introduce to my neighbors.

I’m tall, in very athletic shape, thick brown hair, straight teeth, attractive, white.

Your pic will get my pic.


It’s Good to Have a Positive Outlook

pre-4th of July fireworks in morning?—28 (Courthouse arlington)

what a good day! good day to have fun as well

I am asian bottom, slim and 5’5

HMU if you are interested with your stats and pic