Watching Fireworks

Don’t know about you, but in my experience watching big fireworks shows was always second to
actually blowing them up. And when I was young and my pyromaniacal tendencies were a little more reckless, we used to
head down to Mexico and fill up bags with M-80s and M-1000’s and then we’d spend hours blowing shit up. You name it, we
blew it up. Or tried. But no animals, I promise.

Anyway, that was then, and this is now. Now the laws are so uptight that you’d probably get thrown in the pokey
blowing stuff up the way we used to. So now we have to content ourselves with sitting around on a blanket watching
professionals explode high-tech fireworks in the sky. Oooh. Ahhh. Yawn.

As one of my favorite writers would say: And so it goes.

But if you are interested in catching 4th of July fireworks, I do herewith offer you a list of the places where they
are said the be the best. No, this is not a replacemnt for putting an M-1000 in a newspaper machine, but it’s what it

The hot spots for fireworks fun:

• Marin County, Calif. (San Francisco): Marin County Fair. Thursday-July 4

• Madison, Wis.: “Rhythm & Booms!” Independence Day Celebration. Saturday

• St. Louis: Fair St. Louis. Saturday-July 4

• Addison, Texas (Dallas area): 20th annual Kaboom Town. July 3

• Washington: Independence Day Celebration. July 4

• New Orleans: 15th annual “Go 4th on the River.” July 4

• New York City: Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks. July 4

• Philadelphia: Philadelphia Freedom Concert. July 4