It’s hard to imagine the Fourth of July without fireworks, but for drought- and fire-stricken regions like Colorado, that’s the way it’s going to be this year. If you happen to be living or traveling in a no-fireworks zone, don’t despair. There are still ways to celebrate our nation’s birth without setting it ablaze.
Since I’m in Colorado right now, I brainstormed with a group of rangers at Boulder’s Chautauqua Park (which is adjacent to the now 90%-contained Flagstaff Mountain blaze). Our ideas, below:
1. Organize a block party
2. Go to a laser show (or hold your own; those PowerPoint things are for more than just entertaining cats)
3. Have a picnic or barbecue and stargaze
4. Go to a concert in a park or other outdoor venue
5. Go camping, minus the open fire
[Photo credit: Flickr user H Dragon]