Skip to comments.No more 4th of July fireworks shows for me
Posted on 07/05/2011 1:24:49 PM PDT by no gnu taxes
Now that 4th is over, I will make my rant.
Don't get me wrong -- I have nothing against the custom. But you have to get there 2 hours early to be able to park anywhere close to an area you can view the event. The show lasts about 30-40 minutes, and then it takes you 2 hours to get out of the parking lot.
I don't have the patience for this anymore. I think last night is the last one I'll be attending.
Fireworks are for the young at heart.
Sorry about your heart.
Down here in Florida, there are so many redneck backyard firework displays, you don’t need to go to the big shows. We just drive around until we find a pyro redneck. We don’t usually have to drive too far.
Nobody goes to fireworks shows anymore.
They’ve all gotten way too crowded.
There are thousands of small towns across America that put on fine fireworks displays with out the hassle.
Sitting in the backyard is usually sufficient even here in Maryland.
have the fireworks come to you
Move to South Carolina, you’ll just have to go out in your yard!
No Large Crowds for me any more ever...People are too F’d Up
Next phase — you’ll be sitting on your porch yelling at the neighborhood kids to “Get off my lawn!”
Those are the best kinda fireworks!!!
Southwest Pennsylvania is the same way. Plus we’re very hilly. So you generally don’t even have to drive. Just move your lawn chair to face the right direction.
I go. Music, live and canned, fireworks, seeing friends, meeting politicians, food, fun.
I live in FL. Supposedly fireworks are only legal for “agricultural” means and they are sold all over.
A few grumps hate them. I love them.
I have found that most people are quite considerate. It’s almost orchestrated - only a stray pop here and there, but suddenly it’s 9 o clock and blossoms of fireworks are everywhere. They go like mad for 2 hours (the people next to us had, I swear, almost professional ones - they covered the entire sky!).
Then after about 11:30 the pops get sporadic. By 1 there’s barely anything. You might hear a few tonight, but not many. And that’s it.
For 3 lousy hours a year I think people should be able to deal with it.
Come to Manhattan. Nobody drives to the fireworks here.
You seen one you’ve seen them all.
The older you get, the less impressed you are by them. I’ve been over them for a long time.
I live in DNC land.
What’s this 4th of July you mention?
I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy it. Auburn, AL had a nice fireworks display. We left the house about 20 minutes early and it took only 5 minutes to get there. Drove to the event, walked over to a good spot, sat down and waited. The fireworks commenced at the proper time, lasted around 15 minutes. Then, we walked back to the car. The trip home was 10 minutes.
We enjoyed it.
...you have to get there 2 hours early ...you can view the event. ...it takes you 2 hours to get out of the parking lot. ...I don't have the patience for this anymore
If it's me doing all this, then why don't you have the patience for it anymore?
We went to shows on 2 different nights.
Saturday we “tail gated” afterwards with libations, grub, and lots of bug spray.
For the other, we made a mad dash just as the finale started and were one of the first out of the lot.
So you can be sure that entire ridges don't light up with colored fire on July 3,4,5.
And you can be darn sure there weren't any exploding pyrotechnic devices on my property ...
We gave ‘em up years ago. We’ll watch stuff from afar, which is cool in itself, but I don’t do “high human density” events in the Seattle area.
That said, I did the one last year by our farm in Kentucky and it was a blast. So many of us know each other to one degree or another that it’s kind of like a family event. The crowd is also smaller and although the congestion is just as bad, it’s only for a couple of blocks and then you’re fine. :)
Pretty much everything is a lot more fun in rural areas. Everything is more, uh, real.
Amen my fellow (old?) person. lol I sopped going years ago. I love ‘em, but it takes many an hour just to get there and get home and that’s just not for me anymore.
Give me a good sparkler and a back yard. =)
Yep. I just drive to the beach. People shoot fireworks illegaly all up and down the coast. Very pretty
Same in Tennessee...up on the roof for the best seat in town!
2 hours in and 2 hours out??!!
I don’t blame you for not going. Where did you attend the event? In Central Park NY City?!
My town (about 18,000 residents) has July 4th fireworks sponsored by the local chamber of commerce and free ice-cream in the park behind the public library. You can walk, or park your car down the street. Bring a lawn-chair and a blanket. People know each other, and kids can play while adults visit with each other. Its a conservative town, rather Normal Rockwell-esque and I love it.
I’m convinced that if the FEDs and even State Gov’t ceased to exist, we in our town could come up with a solution to nearly every problem we could ever face. Local Gov’t was how America became great - and how we once used to govern ourselves in this country.
>>You seen one youve seen them all.
The older you get, the less impressed you are by them. Ive been over them for a long time.<<
I’m pretty much in the same boat. On a related note, I don’t have a mobile of bright colored animals over my crib, uh, I mean, bed, any more.
I dumped the mobile when I turned 40. I’m SOOOO over it now.
If you think it would be any better on TV fogitaboudit. I watched Washington, NY and Boston. Overun with entertainers doing a gig. Next year I’ll tape and blow past the crap and get to the good 4th of July military music at the end with the good fireworks.
On the plus side, I remember way back and my family giving up on Independence Day fireworks shows, because there were just too many people who wanted to be there. And all these years later, Americans still want to celebrate their Independence Day.
Okay, so it’s crowded. That’s a lot better, if you think about it, than if nobody cared.
I have long thought that, outside of places that are tinder dry, that it’s the same type of politician that opposes firecrackers and fireworks, that, if given their druthers, also oppose the right of citizens to own guns.
Yeah, there’s that “safety” issue. Guns kept in the home will kill your children, don’tya know? Oh, yeah, fireworks, too.
Maybe it’s time to have fireworks freedom, too.
Same here. Ours are in Comanche, Texas, which was rated in the top 10 shows in Texas Monthly magazine. Not bad for a town of about 3,500. My extended family all meet ahead of time in an open area, bring watermelons, snacks and drinks and have a great time. The visiting beforehand is one of my favorite times of the year! And the fireworks are pretty impressive,too!
I’m with you. The food, fun, camaraderie, music, fireworks, and unabashed displays of patriotism, far outweigh the short-lived hassle of parking and traffic.
I took my four kids last night to our city’s Independence Day bash, and thoroughly enjoyed myself. The kids had a blast.
Instead of fighting with the out-rushing horde at the end, we just gave it about twenty minutes for the mad dash to decrease to a tolerable level, and made our exit. Took all of five minutes, and we were in the breeze.
I live in flyover country. The fireworks in Eitzen, Minnesota were great last night. We watched from our car as a local AM radio station was played patriotic songs. It took us about 45 seconds to get from our viewing location to the highway. Being a “clinger” has its rewards...
I think I'll "get over" shooting, eating tasty food, and sleeping with my wife.
After all, you've done it once you've done it a thousand times.
There were so many fireworks going off in my neighborhood last night that my car was speckled with ashes this morning.
I understand what you are saying. We usually go to one that we can walk to in our neighborhood. Last night we went to one in another town at my brother in-law’s neighborhood. It was extremely crowded. He got there at 9 in the morning to get a table in a good area. We didn’t get there until after 6 p.m. So it was convenient for us, but he had to stake out a spot all day. It was a nice area though.
We show up 3 hours early and get the best parking spot. I then walk over to Chucky Cheese with the kids for dinner and a couple of hours of games. We walk back to the car and get ice cream from one of the ice cream trucks in the parking lot. We play cards in the back of the Suburban for the remainder of the wait (less than an hour).
Over the years we have found the fastest way out. If we loop back behind the Hilton, we only have to wait 10 minutes for them to open the road and then a 15 minute ride home.
Well, we didn’t even have fireworks in most central Texas cities because of the drought. Normally, we walk to the #1 green next to our street and watch from there. We can also go to a hilltop about 1.5 miles from the house and see three or four different shows.
My daughter goes to college in a small town. They had a wonderful fireworks display last night. She said they parked in the Ace Hardware parking lot about a mile away and had a wonderful view with no crowds no hassle.
As I live in a large city, I would not go to one of those things if they paid me. I used to take my daughter when she was a kid and paid my dues with crowds and little kids.
I made that decision years ago. Fireworks and parades are much more trouble than they're worth.
“But you have to get there 2 hours early to be able to park anywhere close to an area you can view the event. The show lasts about 30-40 minutes, and then it takes you 2 hours to get out of the parking lot.”
Heck, even when I was 20, I was already too old for that crap.
Now, I wouldn’t put up with those numbers even if Hendrix merged with the reunited Beatles AND the original Stones all on one stage.
Thanks for the “heads up”, Yogi.
Around here one of those turned into a spectacular ground display as a sparkler landed in the fireworks box. I heard the story on the radio but couldn't find a link. They were interviewing someone from his hospital bed.
My local fireworks display would have been far better if the high school's ADHD club didn't plop down right in front of me a minute before the show started. I really needed a couple bottles of Ritalin to give to the kids.
Dude, they’re for the kids anyway.
Forgot the refreshments, huh?
I never cared for the big elaborate shows. Those are the ones that put up so many shells that you can’t see the fireworks for all of the smoke hanging in the sky. And the shows timed to music never appealed to me either. I don’t see how the music adds to the fireworks or vice versa. I want explosions, not music!
Just compare it to a rollercoater that can have the same wait and only 30-40 sec ride.
And then that is why I don’t live in a big city. I like smaller crowds.
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