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4th of July Celebrations in America 2021

Sun Jul 04, 2021 9:37 pm

Yes this is an Americancentric topic, but what are 4th of July celebrations looking like for you all?
Are people getting out?
Are their parades?
Does it look "normal"? (Whatever we mean by normal)

I was just astonished today at the crowds at a parade in my small town. I didn't think people would get out in the numbers and crowds that they are but this was the view down Main St. where the fire department was doing a celebratory spray:
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Re: 4th of July Celebrations in America 2021

Sun Jul 04, 2021 9:51 pm

Looks great to me!
 
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Re: 4th of July Celebrations in America 2021

Mon Jul 05, 2021 6:21 pm

Most if not all fireworks are banned across the Pacific Northwest. Still, people get their hands on them and shoot them off. It is annoying and upsets the pets but it has been cooler and wetter here than inland so that part does not bother me as much. Our casino on the water had a show Saturday night. We could hear some of the shells go off.
 
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Re: 4th of July Celebrations in America 2021

Mon Jul 05, 2021 7:07 pm

Definitely much louder than last year. Quite convinced many people purchased illegal fireworks from out of state to celebrate.
 
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Re: 4th of July Celebrations in America 2021

Mon Jul 05, 2021 8:50 pm

Fireworks banned around here by most municipalities, but the Indian Reservations nearby can sell them so lots of people buy them and shoot them off anyhow. Local cops either can't or won't enforce the ban so it's pretty much a free for all from about 9:00PM until 2:00-3:00 AM. Fortunately for me my dog isn't bothered by them so no big deal to take him out for a walk near bedtime. Then I just close the bedroom window and blinds and crank the fan to high for the white noise. There were no really huge booms close by so the rest of the noise was drowned out and I got a pretty decent night's sleep. The level of activity was pretty much the same as the past few years near where I live, and somehow there weren't a lot of huge brush fires (it's been very hot and dry the past month). Perhaps some common sense was displayed by those doing the blasting.
 
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Re: 4th of July Celebrations in America 2021

Mon Jul 05, 2021 9:58 pm

Plenty of illegal fireworks were blasted in Southern California last night. I was hearing stuff from as early as 4pm. From 8pm to 1am it was almost non-stop.
 
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Mon Jul 05, 2021 11:06 pm

Illegal in MA, but VT and NH borders are festooned with ads for fireworks. John Adam’s, perhaps the last Massachusetts politician worth a damn said we should celebrate our independence with fireworks, so lots do here, despite the nannies about.

https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/ ... thats-why/
 
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Mon Jul 05, 2021 11:11 pm

Here in South Florida I was hearing them in the distance at 3 AM.
 
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Tue Jul 06, 2021 1:15 am

GalaxyFlyer wrote:
Illegal in MA, but VT and NH borders are festooned with ads for fireworks. John Adam’s, perhaps the last Massachusetts politician worth a damn said we should celebrate our independence with fireworks, so lots do here, despite the nannies about.

https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/ ... thats-why/


Fireworks are fine in the MA boonies - not so out west where we are dry as a bone.
 
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Re: 4th of July Celebrations in America 2021

Tue Jul 06, 2021 3:06 pm

The fireworks were off the hook this weekend. We're getting safer. Let's keep the guns coming and pretty soon we'll be like Switzerland, virtually murder-free. There's no arguing with the logic based on the facts.
https://www.npr.org/2021/07/06/10132512 ... -this-year
 
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Re: 4th of July Celebrations in America 2021

Tue Jul 06, 2021 3:35 pm

It was a good weekend with good displays. Of course some parties got way out of hand .

Many folks died tragically in car accidents, gunshot wounds from celebratory gun fire, and mortars to the chest.

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/07/05/spor ... index.html
Matiss Kivlenieks, a goaltender for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League, died Sunday night after an accident involving fireworks at a party, according to authorities in Novi, Michigan.

Kivlenieks, 24, died from a fireworks mortar blast and chest trauma, according to Inspector Mitch Brown of the Oakland County Medical Examiner's Office.


Maybe some will learn to be smarter in the future, but this type of stuff happens every year.

I spent the weekend with family and friends, and had a great time.
 
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Re: 4th of July Celebrations in America 2021

Tue Jul 06, 2021 6:24 pm

GalaxyFlyer wrote:
Illegal in MA, but VT and NH borders are festooned with ads for fireworks. John Adam’s, perhaps the last Massachusetts politician worth a damn said we should celebrate our independence with fireworks, so lots do here, despite the nannies about.

https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/ ... thats-why/


I don't think massive fires and losing limbs and lives is what Adams had in mind.

I am all for fireworks in the hands of experts. YVR has a fireworks competition every year. It is beautiful. The New Years Eve show in Seattle and San Francisco are beautiful. These idiots who think they know what they are doing after spending thousands of dollars then simply causing destruction.
 
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Tue Jul 06, 2021 7:21 pm

What, John Adams had in mind was free men and women could celebrate and accept the consequences of what they did. It is only in today’s “safety is the ONLY goal” that people want to take away the freedom to celebrate or blow your arm off. I’m happier with being given the latitude; others believe people are helpless and dangerous without a nanny to protect them. Two views—liberty to succeed or fail OR you’re too stupid and a victim, someone needs to look after you.
 
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Re: 4th of July Celebrations in America 2021

Tue Jul 06, 2021 8:03 pm

When you fire a mortar and it kills some bystander, or enters the home of someone and burns it down, or starts a wildfire, a whole lot of people have to accept the consequences of your recklessness.
 
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Re: 4th of July Celebrations in America 2021

Tue Jul 06, 2021 8:07 pm

seb146 wrote:
GalaxyFlyer wrote:
Illegal in MA, but VT and NH borders are festooned with ads for fireworks. John Adam’s, perhaps the last Massachusetts politician worth a damn said we should celebrate our independence with fireworks, so lots do here, despite the nannies about.

https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/ ... thats-why/


I don't think massive fires and losing limbs and lives is what Adams had in mind.

I am all for fireworks in the hands of experts. YVR has a fireworks competition every year. It is beautiful. The New Years Eve show in Seattle and San Francisco are beautiful. These idiots who think they know what they are doing after spending thousands of dollars then simply causing destruction.

Not sure if that competition in YVR is still a thing. I went about 15 years ago and it was China's night in the competition. I figured since they have ben doing fireworks longer than just about anyone it would be a heck of a show. They did not disappoint. Went down to Gasworks Park in Seattle a couple times when I was a younger lad and could stay up until midnight to watch the Space Needle show. Got some fantastic photos and even enlarged one to 16x20, had it laminated and donated it to the office - hung for many years before we moved to a new building

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