Independence Day!by Angie

4 Jul 2008
10:07 pm

Happy Fourth of July, everyone!  How wonderful it is to live in a free country!  We watched the Livermore city firework display from a park a few blocks away, where we met Jon and Michelle as the sun was going down.  We brought blankets and camp chairs, two decks of cards, and a frisbee.  It was great!  The city arranges for a couple of the local radio stations to play music that accompanies the firework display, so people can just crank up their radios wherever they are to hear all the favorite patriotic songs along with the light show.  I think this is going to be a family tradition for us in the coming years.

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  1. Momma Hoffman
    4:04 PM on July 5th, 2008

    what a fun tradition!!! i love the very clever idea of having the music on the radio for the show. wish we could have been there… maybe some year we can come for the 4th

  2. Angie
    9:46 PM on July 5th, 2008

    That would be great! I was really sad when we found out, after moving here, that personal fireworks are strictly forbidden in most of California (including Livermore). With all the fires that crop up during the summer here, I understand the concern… but it was hard for me to accept that we couldn’t even do our own sparklers or anything! I’ll live, though :) The city fireworks were beautiful, so I’m glad we can look forward to that every year.

  3. Andre
    9:22 AM on July 7th, 2008

    Angie, I use to love going out to Wolf Trap Farm when I was back in Washington DC as a “kid”. They had a huge fireworks display that was amazing – similar to Stadium of Fire, but without the long program. I also went to the DC Fireworks at the Washington Monument, and it was great. Hundreds of thousands of people would come – but back in those days, many people used it to protest the Vietnam War, and so I only went there one year.

  4. Kristi
    11:36 PM on July 8th, 2008

    That sounds like an excellent tradition to me. In Virginia we went to an outdoor concert once and a live orchestra played patriotic songs through the fireworks – it was fabulous. Since then I’m always slightly disappointed if there’s not good music to go with my fireworks.

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