I love fireworks. I always have. I think it’s because I also like stargazing. Fireworks are just a little more sparkly and noisy.
There’s nothing like being outside on a warm July night, with your family, watching fireworks. One of my favorite 4th of July celebrations was on the banks of the St. Clair River, which separates Michigan from Canada. It was the biggest Independence Day celebration I had ever been to. The kind where the blankets and lawn chairs are lined up so close together you can barely walk between them. I was probably six or seven and I remember being fascinated by the fact that Canadians were across the river enjoying our fireworks.
Of course, just a few years later I was celebrating on foreign soil when my family moved to Africa. Fireworks were one of the things I missed most. We managed to always have a celebration with other Americans in the area. We would buy expensive imported mayonnaise for egg salad and make homemade marshmallows for our desserts. One year my sister had to go to school on the 4th of July because her school went year round and was run by a British administration, so an American holiday was not a reason to miss lessons.
Of course nothing beats the year I spent Independence Day in the United Kingdom. My American roommates and I spent the whole night at Planet Hollywood because it was the only place in London that we felt our red, white and blue attire would be properly understood. Drinking a Coca-Cola and staring at a poster of Elvis made it seem okay to celebrate our independence from the British. And while there were the bright lights of Piccadilly Circus, there were no fireworks.
Maybe that’s why I like fireworks so much – I’ve spent so many 4th of July nights without them.
But, I’m excited to have a front row seat for one of the best firework displays in the area this year! I’ll be helping out with the live broadcast of the Dubuque Fireworks Spectacular on the Mississippi River.
Since I firmly believe that everyone should get to see fireworks this weekend, we’re streaming the Dubuque fireworks online, just in case you’re stuck at work or at home. So be sure to check it out on KWWL.com tomorrow.
Otherwise, we’ve also got a list of firework celebrations across eastern Iowa.
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This post was written by jjarvis on July 2, 2009