4th of July Celebrations

I like Tennessee, just in general, but I respect that other people don’t. Except for today. Today I feel sorry for all y’all who are not here right now. Sure, lots of towns, including Nashville, have big fireworks displays. But I just came in from standing out in my front yard watching one neighbor four doors down trying to outdo another neighbor four doors down in the other direction. The explosions echo off the hills like you’re being surrounded by noise. And it’s close enough that you can hear the pfoof of each rocket going up and turn your head just in time to watch it explode.

This is the second year that I’ve been here and the second year I’ve caught this and I just think it’s amazing. I know it’s dangerous, but I’m so glad everyone does it. I wish I had a thousand rockets to send up into the sky myself.

9 thoughts on “4th of July Celebrations

  1. Yeah well I hate it. They do that on my street too and it scares the crap out of my dogs and it scares the crap out of me because one year a neighbor’s hedge caught on fire and I had to bring my hose out to keep the neighborhood from burning down.

    And every year, without fail, on July 5 every light pole in the neighborhood has missing dog and cat signs up because some people are too stupid to put their pets in the house when every pyro in an eight block area is scratching their itch for ordnance.

    So no, I wish people would go somewhere else for this stuff.

    But you know, that’s just me.

  2. I only live a few blocks from where Libertyland was, so the first several years I lived here it used to be nice watching their fireworks. Then after a while I’d been here so long the trees were too tall to really see them well, and then of course Libertyland closed.

    But also ever since I’ve lived in this house, someone on the next street over has had bigtime fireworks shows with really nice ones that could pretty much hold their own with Libertyland’s. I don’t know who they are but they’ve done it the 22 years I’ve lived in this house and I can still see them fairly well, even though the trees are taller over that way too.

    And this year it looked like someone else on that street was trying to keep up with theirs. Those were nice too but not as awesome as the longtimers’.

    My better half was sending me cell phone pics of the fireworks in Knoxville thinking I wasn’t getting to see any fireworks – I didn’t tell him any different since that was such a sweet gesture, he sent me about ten pics, lol.

  3. Mike, don’t you be wasting your time making a bunch of out-of-state calls about the glories of Tennessee when there are elections to win!

    I mean, good lord, man, you can’t talk French to the whole Midwest!

  4. I’m with Beale. We spent the entire night on pins and needles hoping the neighbors’ firework shows didn’t wake up the kiddos.

    Small children aside, I could be okay with amateur fireworks shows if they just happened on the 4th. But it goes on from July 1 to July 6 every single year.

  5. Well, when you buy $6,000 worth of fireworks, it’s going to take some time to go through them all.

    And I much prefer the fireworks to the normal gunshots. But, as the kids say, ymmv.

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