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No more 4th of July fireworks shows for me
stupid vanity

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.


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1 posted on 07/05/2011 1:24:52 PM PDT by no gnu taxes
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To: no gnu taxes

Fireworks are for the young at heart.

Sorry about your heart.


2 posted on 07/05/2011 1:26:09 PM PDT by DManA
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To: no gnu taxes

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.


3 posted on 07/05/2011 1:26:55 PM PDT by No Socialist
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To: no gnu taxes

Nobody goes to fireworks shows anymore.

They’ve all gotten way too crowded.


4 posted on 07/05/2011 1:29:05 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: no gnu taxes

There are thousands of small towns across America that put on fine fireworks displays with out the hassle.


5 posted on 07/05/2011 1:29:23 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: No Socialist

Sitting in the backyard is usually sufficient even here in Maryland.


6 posted on 07/05/2011 1:29:47 PM PDT by RockinRight (If we're "teabaggers" then they're "d-baggers.")
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To: no gnu taxes

have the fireworks come to you

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nd-jWxUl4nc


7 posted on 07/05/2011 1:30:09 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: no gnu taxes

Move to South Carolina, you’ll just have to go out in your yard!


8 posted on 07/05/2011 1:30:52 PM PDT by stylecouncilor (Some minds are like soup in a poor restaurant...better left unstirred.-PG Wodehouse)
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To: no gnu taxes

No Large Crowds for me any more ever...People are too F’d Up


9 posted on 07/05/2011 1:32:28 PM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: no gnu taxes

Next phase — you’ll be sitting on your porch yelling at the neighborhood kids to “Get off my lawn!”


10 posted on 07/05/2011 1:33:07 PM PDT by Spruce
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To: No Socialist

Those are the best kinda fireworks!!!


11 posted on 07/05/2011 1:33:30 PM PDT by classified
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To: No Socialist

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.


12 posted on 07/05/2011 1:33:38 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: no gnu taxes

I go. Music, live and canned, fireworks, seeing friends, meeting politicians, food, fun.


13 posted on 07/05/2011 1:34:34 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: no gnu taxes

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.


14 posted on 07/05/2011 1:35:06 PM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: no gnu taxes

Come to Manhattan. Nobody drives to the fireworks here.


15 posted on 07/05/2011 1:35:29 PM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: Spruce
Phase III:


16 posted on 07/05/2011 1:36:08 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (When you hear hooves, think horses, not zebras.)
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To: no gnu taxes

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.


17 posted on 07/05/2011 1:36:13 PM PDT by Bullish (The golfer takes all the credit and gives the jet fighter pilot all the blame.)
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To: no gnu taxes

I live in DNC land.

What’s this 4th of July you mention?


18 posted on 07/05/2011 1:36:13 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Biden- No representation for Gopers, Obama-Gopers must get in the back of the bus.)
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To: no gnu taxes

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.


19 posted on 07/05/2011 1:36:48 PM PDT by Jemian
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...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?

20 posted on 07/05/2011 1:37:39 PM PDT by avacado
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To: no gnu taxes

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.


21 posted on 07/05/2011 1:38:10 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: no gnu taxes
Fireworks are sort of illegal here in WEST Virginia ...

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 ...

22 posted on 07/05/2011 1:38:26 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: no gnu taxes

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.


23 posted on 07/05/2011 1:38:51 PM PDT by RobRoy (The US today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: no gnu taxes

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. =)


24 posted on 07/05/2011 1:39:39 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: No Socialist

Yep. I just drive to the beach. People shoot fireworks illegaly all up and down the coast. Very pretty


25 posted on 07/05/2011 1:39:59 PM PDT by Textide
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To: stylecouncilor
Move to South Carolina, you’ll just have to go out in your yard!

Same in Tennessee...up on the roof for the best seat in town!

26 posted on 07/05/2011 1:41:10 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: no gnu taxes

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.


27 posted on 07/05/2011 1:41:12 PM PDT by PGR88 (I'm so open-minded my brains fell out)
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To: Bullish

>>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’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.


28 posted on 07/05/2011 1:41:37 PM PDT by RobRoy (The US today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: no gnu taxes

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.


29 posted on 07/05/2011 1:42:59 PM PDT by ex-snook ("Above all things, truth beareth away the victory")
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To: no gnu taxes

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.


30 posted on 07/05/2011 1:43:09 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: RobRoy

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!


31 posted on 07/05/2011 1:43:15 PM PDT by texas_mrs
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To: DBrow

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.


32 posted on 07/05/2011 1:43:41 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: no gnu taxes

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...


33 posted on 07/05/2011 1:44:10 PM PDT by Senator_Blutarski
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To: Bullish
You seen one you’ve seen them all.

Yeah ...

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.

Boooooring ...

34 posted on 07/05/2011 1:44:29 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: No Socialist

There were so many fireworks going off in my neighborhood last night that my car was speckled with ashes this morning.


35 posted on 07/05/2011 1:45:26 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: no gnu taxes

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.


36 posted on 07/05/2011 1:46:10 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: Spruce
Next phase — you’ll be sitting on your porch yelling at the neighborhood kids to “Get off my lawn!”


37 posted on 07/05/2011 1:46:52 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Let this chant follow BHO everywhere he goes: "You lie. You lie. You lie.")
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To: no gnu taxes
We go to the Montgomery County Fair Grounds in Gaithersburg, MD.

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.

38 posted on 07/05/2011 1:47:00 PM PDT by Pete (29thday.org Exponential problems require exponential solutions)
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To: no gnu taxes

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.


39 posted on 07/05/2011 1:47:22 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (zero hates Texas and we hate him back. He ain't my president either.)
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To: cripplecreek

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.


40 posted on 07/05/2011 1:48:13 PM PDT by lone star annie
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To: no gnu taxes
I think last night is the last one I'll be attending.

I made that decision years ago. Fireworks and parades are much more trouble than they're worth.

41 posted on 07/05/2011 1:48:47 PM PDT by Rum Tum Tugger
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You sound like my husband. Thankfully, my parents live across a lake from a couple who has a private fireworks display that is as good as all other shows in our area. The kids love it, we get to roast s’mores and watch the show then walk into the house and tuck them all in.

Wonderful.

42 posted on 07/05/2011 1:49:55 PM PDT by Spudx7
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“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.


43 posted on 07/05/2011 1:50:32 PM PDT by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: rogue yam

Thanks for the “heads up”, Yogi.


44 posted on 07/05/2011 1:50:32 PM PDT by oldsicilian
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To: No Socialist
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.

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.

45 posted on 07/05/2011 1:52:11 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! Tea Party extremism is a badge of honor.)
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To: Rum Tum Tugger

Dude, they’re for the kids anyway.


46 posted on 07/05/2011 1:53:04 PM PDT by ngat
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To: no gnu taxes

Forgot the refreshments, huh?


47 posted on 07/05/2011 1:54:03 PM PDT by ngat
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To: no gnu taxes

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!


48 posted on 07/05/2011 1:56:02 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: no gnu taxes
If it ain't fun, don't do it.
49 posted on 07/05/2011 1:56:06 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." - Bertrand de Jouvenel des Ursins)
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To: no gnu taxes

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.


50 posted on 07/05/2011 2:03:15 PM PDT by ThomasThomas (I am still looking for that box I am supposed to think out of.)
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