Throwback Thursday — Fireworks

Maggie, at From Cave Walls, and Lauren, at LSS Attitude of Gratitude, alternate hosting Throwback Thursday. The idea of the prompt is for them to give us a topic and for us to write a post in which we share our own memories or experiences about the given topic. This week, Lauren asks us about our fireworks celebrations growing up.

Here are Lauren’s questions.

1) What are your earliest memories of watching fireworks?

The first time I saw fireworks live, I was maybe seven or eight and my older sisters took me to see the Fourth of July fireworks show at the Washington Monument in D.C.

2) Were you more afraid or excited at the time?

A little of both.

3) What occasions were celebrated with watching fireworks?

Mostly Fourth of July/Independence Day. One of my sisters was born on July 4th and she tried to convince me that the fireworks were to celebrate her birthday.

4) Did you travel to fireworks shows, or did your family have their own, safe and sane explosives?

We would go into the city or to the local towns that would have fireworks displays. Other than sparklers, we weren’t allowed to have firecrackers in our house, although some of my friends had cherry bombs and other firecrackers that they would set off.

5) Did you ever light off illegal fireworks?

I didn’t, but as I said above, some of my friends did. One of my friends lit and threw a cherry bomb but it didn’t go off. He thought it was a dud, so he picked it up and it exploded in his hand.

6) Did you typically have a family celebration before the nighttime display? What did it include?

Mostly cookouts on the grill with hot dogs, burgers, corn on the cob, baked beans.

7) As you grew older, did your feelings about fireworks change?

I still enjoyed them and we would take our kids to see the big fireworks shows, and they were excited.

8) Now the thinker: Many places are restricting fireworks now because of the trauma it can cause to pets, young children, and sensitive adults. How do you feel about restricting fireworks?

When we lived in San Francisco our dog was indeed traumatized by the sound of fireworks exploding. (Our cat was totally unfazed.) So I hated it when there were fireworks set off, as our poor pup couldn’t stop shaking and crying. Now we live across the Bay in wildfire country. The county we live in bans the use of fireworks because of the wildfire risks. And that’s fine with me.

8 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday — Fireworks

  1. Lauren June 23, 2022 / 9:26 am

    That is a real risk here in SoCal too. The city has banned any individual fireworks. That has not stopped the crazies from lighting them off repeatedly. Thanks for joining in.

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    • Fandango June 23, 2022 / 9:31 am

      There will always be those who choose to ignore the law and do what’s not in the public interest.

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  2. Nope, Not Pam June 23, 2022 / 1:03 pm

    I’m not a fan of fireworks, Australia has a problem with illegal fireworks, and I always worry about bushfires

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  3. Marleen June 23, 2022 / 2:33 pm

    I didn’t know fireworks upset dogs and little kids and so forth until recently (a few years ago). I never saw an upset dog (including my own) or child or anyone, nor did anyone talk about it. I’m fine with whatever the law is on fireworks in whichever municipality. It’s tremendously smart to limit or outlaw fireworks in dry places.

    I’m not as excited about fireworks as I was when I was a child, but I still like them. They are a little more common than they used to be. For instance, they are sometimes displayed at baseball games. Therefore, I don’t usually seek them out for Independence Day. We always had a family gathering before fireworks.

    My family gets together for the Fourth of July. As always, there is food and talk. Sometimes, there will be additional activity or a destination besides a home gathering, but we don’t (always) expect fireworks anymore. Unlike when I was growing up (when there was alcohol only if uncle Pete attended), there is always alcohol.

    I never set off illegal fireworks. When I was little, we had sparklers at home; legal, dangerous (but we didn’t think them very dangerous). When I was parenting little guys, everything was legal for two or three days. My sons and some adults lit up tons of this and that and the other. I did a little; always watched our main show.

    My parents and I, (along with cousins, et cetera, if we were in our own home city) when I was a kid, either traveled to the Gateway Arch where we watched air shows and then fireworks or walked across the golf course to the clubhouse where we could see the fireworks at the country club with the course and a pool and show.

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