On Ashland Ave, nearly due south was Firestone Park. Each year, on the 4th of July, they held a pretty good fireworks display. I don’t remember that we ever went to the park to see the display, but I do remember that I get to see bits and pieces of it every year by looking down towards the end of the street, over the treetops.
This was a pretty special night for us as most of my friends had to be inside when the street lights came on. That was their signal. In Akron, Ohio, it usually gets dark a little bit after 9:00 PM in the summertime. On July 4th, most of my friends could stay out beyond that fateful signal.
We’d play in the street, waiting until the fireworks began, excitement building. As soon as the display started, there would be the usual ooohs and ahhs as we watched. It was always a glorious 10 – 20 minutes.
This year, I did the same thing. Tonight was a perfect night for watching fireworks. It was nice and mild, fairly low humidity, and a very slight breeze. Excellent.
I live close to Carowinds amusement park and each night from July 4th until they close in September, they have fireworks at 10:00 PM. I decided to try to get close to park, perhaps get a roller coaster framed in the fireworks. Not! I drove up the area, and for hundreds of feet, perhaps thousands of feet in all directions, cars lined the roads. I turned around and went home and decided to be satisfied with what I could see from my yard, which turned out to be quite a bit as some of the fireworks cleared the trees quite nicely.
Though I wasn’t providing gasps of awe, there were a couple of children in the street with their grandmother, providing the additional soundtrack of appreciation as the fireworks painted the sky. That’s what sparked the memory.
I enjoyed the display. Took a a lot of pictures, of which a few I liked, but mostly, I enjoyed the show. Should I desire to see it again, there are about 60 more shows to go. Perhaps one of these nights I’ll be able to get that roller coaster framed with the fireworks.