6 Ways to Celebrate the 4th Without Blowing Something Up


It’s the 4th of July and personal fireworks are illegal just about everywhere these days. What’s a fella to do?

Go watch the Pros
You’re not allowed to shoot them off on your own, so why not watch the pros do it. No matter how much money you spend, theirs will be better, safer and the ohhh, and ahhh factor will be much higher. The best viewing is on a lake. With the fire danger so high, lake shows are much safer for everyone. The reflections on the water add to the visuals and if you can throw in mountains, the echo effect makes those explosions even more awesome.

Go to a Game.
Baseball is called “America’s Pastime” and this is “America’s Holiday,” right? What better way to celebrate our nation’s birthday than a baseball game, be it- little, minor or major league. Soccer, along with Lacrosse still has not captured the hearts and minds of America as once predicted, but they are growing by leaps and bounds. If you’re not watching your kids play in the park, chances are there’s a local pro team at it on the 4th. Most of the professional sports teams also have firework shows of their own.

Party Time
Chances are you know someone having a party or better yet, have one yourself. Backyard Bar-B-Qs are happening on every block this 4th. Nothing says the 4th of July better than charred meat, good friends and hot dogs. That’s right, hot dogs. Why don’t you have a hotdog eating contest and see if you can beat Joey Chestnut’s 2012 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating record of 68 hot dogs and buns (HDBs) in ten minutes?

Out on the Town.
Fairs, festivals and carnivals thrive on this day. There’s a festival for everything from Art, to Music, Rutabagas to Wine. There’s nothing wrong with getting a little culture while you celebrate. Live bands are playing all over town and if you get lucky, you’ll get to hear some John Phillip Sousa during your fireworks show, along with of course, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture at the finale.

Get Out of Town
Silverton, Co has a 4th of July celebration akin to Mayberry in the Rockies. Small towns really capture the spirit of the day. Head out to a smaller town in your area and enjoy a more old-fashioned 4th. The Fire departments in towns all across the land will be spraying water at spectators lining the streets at their local parades. Try getting out of the big city; it might become a tradition for you as well.

Go to Bed Early
Sorry, but the 5th is a workday this year. That really puts a crimp on things doesn’t it? In the past, it was hard to go to bed early because the neighbor kids were busy blowing up your end of town until midnight at least. With the fire bans and tighter laws on the old favorites (pop-bottle rockets, Roman candles, Black Cats and such) you’ll be able to sleep much easier.

Michael Ryan

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