Here are the fireworks. I get all giddy just lookin' at 'em! First came the exploding paratroopers, which are always good for sending the kids running wildly around the loop, trying to catch the little half-toasted cork on a parachute. Next, we had my personal favorites: the glow worms. Remember those? They look like miniature hockey pucks that you ignite. Then red-hot, black ash worms miraculously rise from the driveway. They are very cool!
It still wasn't dark enough so we had some snaps. The kids aren't quite strong/coordinated enough to throw them down and pop 'em so we went for the stomping method instead.
As the sky starts to darken, we break out the sparklers. Even Aunt Denise got in on the fun! Ah, the childhood memories (not accidentally getting burned by a sibling but trying not to cry because then Mom and Dad wouldn't let us have more sparklers).
We were able to set off a few fountains and some lovely whirling, sparking things before it got dark enough for the local government to start their big show. I had also given the kids glow-in-the-dark necklaces, which they wanted to take to bed with them.
Thought we'd see if the camera would capture some of the fireworks. Yup! So we tried it again!
Did you know that fireworks and parades and all the hullabaloo that goes with the Fourth of July is actually all part of a decree from our Founding Fathers? Seriously! So if you're feeling guilty about the amount of money you spend on hazardous materials when you could be replacing the air filter in your car, just remember: you are celebrating in a manner that is expected of you as a US citizen.