July is here and with it, thoughts turn to the upcoming holiday weekend.
Personally, for me, the excitement of celebrating Independence Day with fireworks waned many years ago. Probably sometime around my 12th birthday. And I know why. As a friend told me many years later, ‘If you’ve seen one fireworks show, you’ve seen them all. When they invent new fireworks, I’ll go check them out again.”
And that’s really the sum of it. Standing at a distance and watching explosions in the sky is really not that exciting after the first 10 times you’ve done it and you realize that there is nothing new to see.
Troy Patterson at Slate takes it even further in his piece, “Fireworks Suck. They Really Do.” I won’t argue with his stance that “the professional fireworks display is an exercise in pomposity, aggression, triumphalism, and hubris.”
And, most importantly, he correctly surmises that “there is more satisfaction in watching actual stuff explode—cars, volcanoes, toasters, what have you—than in witnessing explosions that produce only bombast.”
A quick read, but certainly relevant for the season. So, if you find yourself in one of the communities nationwide cutting back on fireworks this 4th of July, don’t sweat it. You may be quick to realize that you’re really not missing anything at all.