Wednesday, July 04, 2012


Independence Day celebrations are occurring across these United States.  My community has an annual parade, then a fireworks spectacular in the evening.   In years past our young children rode their decorated bikes down the shaded tree-lined boulevard past our city Memorial Park.    At night some years we parked in a Claremont Colleges parking lot to observe the sky-filled fireworks, missing only the ground displays since we weren't in the grandstands. 

Other years we drove part way up Mt. Baldy Road parking in a pull off spot overlooking the entire mountain valley allowing us to view fireworks displays in a multitude of communities.   Recent years I've attended with friends open-air spectacular concert extravaganzas about which I've written here previously.   I'm quite content some years to observe TV's colorful  4th of July coverage in locations around the U.S.  One TV  favorite of mine is the Boston Pops Orchestra.

Here's our ".. traditional July 4th celebration in Claremont, a city 25 miles east of LA, with games, booths, marching bands and, of course, fireworks. July 4th 2006."


Here are a couple of colorful fireworks displays from other communities in recent years:

Seattle Fireworks: 4th of July 2005


4th of July fireworks in Boston 2006




  1. Love the Bluegrass music. Very American. We walk down to the end of our Pike and watch the fireworks on the Mall or did. Too hot this week so we will watch on TV. Dianne

  2. A Happy Fourth to you, my dear....!

  3. We usually get up early on the 4th to watch the Peachtree Road Race on TV. It has been going on now for many years, it started with 110 runners and today there were 60,000! And who does not like a beautiful display of fireworks…

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