Will you be watching fireworks tonight?
I have many fond memories of taking my kids to watch local display.s over the years. We would scout out the best viewing location in advance and get there early to beat the crowds. Of course that meant taking along tons of snacks and things to keep them busy until it got dark, I’m sure many of you can relate. Below is a short list of some of my favorite venues.
Years ago we used to have huge neighborhood block parties. We would all sit out on our front lawns while the kids played with sparklers and other small fireworks in the driveways and sidewalks. It was a great social event. After a huge wildfire just before the holiday, all personal fireworks were banned so we had to rely on the large public displays.
One of our favorites was held in the stadium of our local baseball team. Instead of trying to get tickets to the often sold out game, we would often view them from the nearby high school football field, spreading out our picnic dinner and chatting with friends until showtime. By this time our kids were in elementary school and could ‘hang out’ with their friends who were there too. Unfortunately, our local semi-pro team folded and this venue is no longer an option.
I love watching fireworks from across the water. I’ve been lucky enough to have seen them a few times this way. One of the best was a few years ago when we were visiting our adult kids in Lake Tahoe. We were actually above the display as they burst open – what a unique perspective!
This year I’m opting to stay home, have a BBQ with friends, and watch the spectacular shows on TV.
So this brings me back to my original question – what will you be doing tonight?
Wherever you are and whatever you choose to do, I hope you have a wonderful and safe 4th of July.
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