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The Fourth of July

Posted: Mon Jul 06, 2020 3:41 am
by ArchGuy1
Yesterday marked the Fourth of July in the United States and it commerates the United States signing the Declaration of Independence in 1776. How did you all in America enjoy the holiday with the coronavirus pandemic?

Re: The Fourth of July

Posted: Mon Jul 06, 2020 4:30 am
by fr8mech
I went to work, same as I have since before the pandemic restrictions began.

My wife and son went to a pool party, w/fireworks, at a cousin's house. Lots of family.

My daughter went with a friend to watch some fireworks in another part of town.

Re: The Fourth of July

Posted: Mon Jul 06, 2020 4:47 am
by DocLightning
Every year in our neighborhood, the fireworks start sometime in April. But this year, it has been on a completely different level. As I sit here typing this, there are massive explosions going off every few seconds. I mean house-shaking explosions.

We rented an AirB&B last night to escape the predictable July 4th "Apocalypse Now," but now that we're back home on the 5th, it's just continuing. My son (7mo) keeps waking up crying. The dogs are nervous wrecks. I've nearly jumped out of bed five times in the last ten minutes.

It's worse than that. A few miles away in the Oakland Hills, the vegetation is dry and people are setting off fireworks there, too. I hope that someone figures out a way to discourage this next year.

Re: The Fourth of July

Posted: Mon Jul 06, 2020 3:36 pm
by einsteinboricua
DocLightning wrote:
It's worse than that. A few miles away in the Oakland Hills, the vegetation is dry and people are setting off fireworks there, too. I hope that someone figures out a way to discourage this next year.

I actually feel for you, not just because of the vegetation and the sound, but also because of the smoke. The weather dynamics in the Bay Area are such that smoke may linger for a while, provided there's no breeze to move the wind. We had the same situation in the Puget Sound area.

Re: The Fourth of July

Posted: Mon Jul 06, 2020 3:49 pm
by ER757
There were, predictably, several house and apartment fires set by errant fireworks which left dozens of families homeless. Here in my neighborhood, it was a non-stop barrage starting at about 9:00 PM. I went to bed about 10:00, closed the bedroom window and ran the fan on medium. Drowned out 95% of the noise and I could sleep. Fortunately for me, my dog isn't bothered by the booms even when we are outside in the midst of it.

Re: The Fourth of July

Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2020 12:11 am
by DL717