Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Birthday, America!

Today is the Fourth of July--or Independence Day, the 236th birthday of my homeland. (Funny, it doesn't look a day over 136--but then, it's had a lot of facelifts.) William already did a beautiful image blog to celebrate over at his blog, Speak of the Devil, so I think I'll stick to what I like best about the observances of this holiday...


I've loved the fireworks for as long as I can remember. When I was a kid, we bought fireworks from a local vendor. Mom would make the purchase, and she'd haggle with them over price and  extras. We got a lot of freebies. Dad would set them off. He'd have soda bottles set up to position them if they didn't come with any kind of stand, and a bucket full of sand was always nearby for the used items. He took no chances when it came to a potential fire.

Today, however, fireworks are illegal in most parts of the area, so we have to go to a public celebration to see them. This year, even most of those fireworks shows have been cancelled due to the current drought situation and the risk of fires. Bummer! But here, courtesy of the Ghost of Independence Days Past, are some of the best we've had to offer across the country....

St. Louis, of course....

Washington DC...

New York City...

Boston Harbor...


Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida

The Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles

The Bellagio, Las Vegas


San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge....

And Seattle!

Hope you all have a great day!


  1. Beautiful photos Norma. I've enjoyed fireworks too but I never really liked the ones you have to light yourself. Hope you have a wonderful Fourth of July!

  2. The Arch ones look gorgeous, and the same goes for the Statue of Liberty, DC, and the Golden Gate Bridge.

    I've always enjoyed going to see fireworks put on; I haven't really done too much of it myself. It's spectacular to watch!

    1. The stuff you do at home is never as spectacular...but I do have some fond (and funny) memories!

  3. Can you believe I still haven't seen fireworks in DC! It is just too hot and crowded to wait all day in the city with two little kids. Do you ever see them at the arch? Happy 4th!!

    1. I can see the fire works at the Arch from the top of the hill where we live. No way am I braving that mob scene downtown!

      When I worked at the ad agency, the building where our offices were located was almost in line with the south leg of the Arch. We had the opportunity to go to the 20th floor conference room and watch in the uncrowded air conditioning....

    2. Oh that's great that you can see it from where you are. I can at least see the downtown Frederick ones from my house. If it were just me, I'd be in the mob!

  4. You, too, Norma. We'll be hanging out in our front yard to watch the fireworks later.

  5. Happy 4th of July to you, too! Thanks for sharing the lovely pics! I hope we can go later in the evening to see the fireworks; there is a small place beside our house that does fireworks every year, and last year was awesome! Take care and enjoy today!

  6. Happy 4th of July Norma!! Fireworks are the best part of this day and Canada Day...I missed them this year because I was working midnights...but, hopefully I'll see them next year.

    I hope you've had a wonderful day!

  7. Great pictures. 29 Palms still has fireworks and I can view them from my house. Not so where some of my friends and relatives live. Thanks for the pictures.

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