By Robin Weaver
Of course I love fireworks—it’s glitter with noise! But have fireworks lost their luster? Once upon a time—and it really wasn’t that long ago—we waited all year for 4th of July fireworks. If we were really, really lucky, we got a small teaser in our Christmas stockings—Roman candles, sparklers and firecrackers. Fourth of July fireworks were an EVENT. This year, I’m like, “eh…don’t want to deal with parking.” And I’m not alone. One neighbor actually said, “Fireworks are kinda boring?”
Say what? Since when don’t I care about the boom-boom-boom? What’s wrong with my neighbor? What’s wrong with me?
Wait, it can’t be me. I just said I love glitter and noise. So maybe it’s the fireworks?
Hmm… Today’s fireworks are bigger and better than ever. The sizzle in the sky can be precisely placed at varying heights and can give the impression of objects in the sky, rather than merely color. 120 tons of pyrotechnics were fired off of seven barges, the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.
We're talking trees, planets, fish and flowers. What’s more, firework events often require a minimum of four weeks of design and another two weeks of preparations to package the materials. Most fireworks displays are accompanied by music and bands, etc. etc. Shows are spectacular. Last year In Sydney,
So… My lack of enthusiasm can’t be the pyrotechnics, either. Which leads me to my very unscientific conclusion. Fireworks are overexposed. All you have to do is Google to find some event featuring night glitter in your area. Here in Charlotte, our Class AAA baseball team, the Charlotte Knights, has Fireworks on Friday night games; even the local Class A team, the Intimidators (yep, named after NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt) has fireworks after most games. Heck, even my screensaver has fireworks!
So what must a gal do to get back that wow factor? How can we make fireworks an event again?
I have no idea, but I’m thinking wine will help. Do you have any ideas?
While you’re drinking—eh, I mean thinking…
Hope you had a great 4th of July!