Fireworks Sculpture – Colorado Athletic Club
Gosh, half the year is over with already, I can hardly believe it. It wasn’t long ago it seems that we were complaining about the cold weather…..
The 4th of July will soon be here and we will all be planning picnics, trips to Elitches or Lakeside, the mountains or in my sons case his favorite lake to go fishing.
Then towards dusk we will be gathering up the blankets, coolers and folding chairs to go to our favorite place to watch fireworks.
In my neighborhood you will hear firecrackers, bottle rockets and an occasional illegal fireworks go off all day and night.
Which stirs a memory of when I was a pup in Minnesota, times were simpler then and everyone took the time to smell the roses or on the Fourth of July, the smell of sulphur and gunpowder (fireworks).
We would always go to the same lake each year for fishing and a family picnic….. Oh so much food… can smell the burgers and hot dogs my mom was cooking on the outdoor grill at the lake. No gas or charcoal….just firewood…
The guys were all pitching horseshoes and drinking lots of Hamms or Grainbelt beer. All of us kids were just being annoying according to my mom and grand mom…. Think they were right.
When it was getting late…..we packed up everything and headed back to Minneapolis….. and go to the neighborhood park with our blankets and folding chairs….and of course a cooler full of pop and beer.
It seemed we all sat together by blocks a chance for neighbors to reminisce and exchange the latest gossip.
I grew up in Minnesota where fireworks were illegal but it seemed everyone knew someone who travel to Wisconsin to get them.
My old man was no exception, he knew a guy, who knew a guy, who knew a guy who had them or could get them.
Once we were settled in at the park, the old man would pull out the firecrackers, cherry bombs, M-80’s …… bottle rockets were set-up by my uncles and grandpa’s.
Can remember a time that there was no shortage of stupid when one block shot bottle rockets across the park to another block…. They returned fire.
Thinking about it now…..it was pretty cool.. Seeing the rockets criss crossing the baseball and football fields… I know it is a guy thing…. but it was very cool.
Little kids were waving sparklers … so cute
Then the fireworks would start to go off….. no music like they have now…….you could almost here a pin drop just before the first one went off…….
Then boom……….. the ah’s and oh’s came from all over the park. Then another and another…… you could here that “was my favorite” or ” wow, that was so cool”.
You could here the fire crackers going off in between the big fireworks……lady fingers, black cats, M-80’s… a cherry bomb every once in a while.
Man you could tell it was getting close to the grand finale. Fire works were going off quicker and then all of a sudden the sky was filled with amazing colors of all kind…. gold and green are still my favorite.
Then the park lights would come on and it was time to go home. As the families were walking home you could here them talking about how great the day was.
Once we got home, the old man brought out his secret stash and we sat in the backyard lighting the rest of the fireworks.
You heard my story, tell me how you spend the Fourth.
So I wish you and your family a happy Fourth of July.