Today in addition to celebrating our independence and thinking of those who keep us safe and free, we will be watering the lawn. And the house. I thought the people in my town would have grown a brain cell, saw the number of fires, and banned fireworks, but no such luck. Actually they banned fireworks in the whole town except for one subdivision – the one we live in (and can’t wait to get out of). So, the entire town (it’s not much) is coming here to shoot off their hillbilly fireworks on our street. Oh, yes, I said it. I am from the Midwest and from a state where fireworks are illegal. I am here to tell you there plenty of other things to do on the Fourth of July other than waste money to light off bottle rockets and roman candles in your driveway.
Don’t get me wrong I love a professional fireworks program, like at Disney World or at a ball park. Hell, I even like the official town fireworks set off by firefighters. Firefighters. My dad was a volunteer firefighter when I was growing up and went to the local high school to help with the fireworks show and man the hose just in case. I went to a fireworks display held on a Marine base when I was a preteen and it was so badly done; the fireworks kept exploding on the ground – so much so the audience had to run for cover. Yeah, true story. Nothing like screaming your head off, covering your head, and running away from fireworks to make a holiday memorable.
What I can’t understand nor appreciate are the multitude of people, who are not adolescent boys, who feel the need to light fireworks of their own in their driveway. Really? You spent a couple hundred bucks on a cardboard tube that sparks? Even the aerial fireworks that are legal here are crappy. To make fireworks haters and pet owners even more miserable in this state you can light fireworks until the 7th, three more days. AND they can also do fireworks for a week later in the month of July.
Anyway, happy Fourth of July! I plan on enjoying a professional fireworks display and scowling at my hillbilly neighbors when I get home.