As we get ready to celebrate the 4th of July I reflect back on the different places where we have watched fireworks.
I grew up in a Boston suburb and we would take the subway into the city to watch the fireworks and listen to the Boston Pops in the Hatch Shell along the Esplanade on the banks of the Charles River. They would always conclude the program playing the 1812 Overture and had real Horwitzer cannons firing off across the Charles in tune to the music. At one point the church bells would ring in unison. Such a powerful rendition. Of course at the end the fireworks would begin. Those memories are seared into my mind with great fondness.
Then we moved – to one of the Washington DC suburbs. Where I once thought that nothing could top Boston for fireworks, I was wrong. We would drive into Arlington, Virginia and park across from the Lincoln Memorial. As it got close to 9 PM we would start to walk across the bridge to stand in front of the Lincoln Memorial — some of us in the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. We stood there with one of the greatest President’s behind us, the Washington Monument in front of us and the sound of the fireworks reverberating off the buildings around the mall.
Now we are in an extremely small village in northern Michigan, living on a Lake and we have our fireworks the night before the 4th. A barge goes out in the middle of the Lake and they set off our fireworks – about 15 to 20 minutes worth of fireworks. Have I seen better fireworks – you betcha but nothing can top wearing our sweaters sitting around a firepit making S’mores while watching our fireworks.
What have been some of your more memorable fireworks memories that you have seen over the years?