The first 4th of July in Lincoln was very weird for us. Fireworks are illegal in Maryland. That’s not to say that people don’t set them off, but it’s rare. If they do, it’s usually the kind that flash some light and make loud booms. Nothing pretty or fancy. In Lincoln, fireworks are legal on July 3rd and 4th. Everyone lights them. Well, everyone but us. We’re just not that big on blowing things up. Maybe because we didn’t grow up doing it.
Anyway, I remember T running in the house our first July 3rd in Lincoln. He had just been up to the convenience store. “There are fireworks EVERYWHERE! You have to come look.” We got in the car and drove around. We were amazed. Everywhere you looked on the horizon there were fireworks. The big, pretty kind. The kind we had only seen at professional fireworks displays back in Maryland. July 4th was even more amazing. We actually went to a professional display. Afterward, sitting in traffic waiting to get out of the parking lot, we watched them all around the horizon and couldn’t believe it.
The following year, we decided to stay home and have people over for a cookout. Our neighborhood was pretty new back then and a lot of houses hadn’t been built. We had a really great view of the fireworks being set off in the neighborhoods across 27th Street. They started before sundown and went until almost midnight. Dudes, that is A LOT of fireworks. The money these people must have spent! It was pretty much the same the following year. I was pregnant and sat on our couch in the air conditioning and watched them through the window.
Things are different now. Our neighborhood is growing. More houses have been built. We can still see the neighborhoods across 27th Street, but only the high ones. But, with more houses comes more people and boy do they how know how to blow stuff up! I took some video, but it was hard to truly capture the excitement. I wish I would have thought to spin around so you could see the 360 degree view. It also would have been cool if I had a wide angle lens because I kept chasing them with my camera and only getting the little remaining flickers in the sky. Oh, well. If you really want to experience them, I guess you’ll just have to come out and visit us in July!