Our plans for the 4th were surprisingly low key this year, after our initial plans fell through. We decided that with the cool, clear, evening it would be a great opportunity to have the inaugural fire in the new fire pit and light of a few fireworks we had bought. This, of course, after enjoying some cocktails and a decidedly “American” dinner of cheeseburgers on the grill.
The fire was great, though most of the fireworks were…. less than we had hoped for. Thankfully – about halfway through the pack of fireworks our new neighbors down at the other end of the cul-de-sac came and told us they were about to fire off about $1500 in fireworks (the big stuff) and we were invited to come down to watch.
We quickly grabbed some chairs and beverages and headed down to join a whole bunch of neighbors who came out to watch the show.
And what a show it was! Leaning back in my chair quite comfortably as round after round of fireworks went streaking into the sky, loudly bursting above us in all their colorful glory, it was impossible not to smile and giggle and clap and be filled with a sense of belonging and happiness. And community.
I may not always get along with my neighbors… but it is nice that every once in a while we can come together as a community and enjoy something so simple as the birthday of our nation. It’s nice that we can put aside differences and celebrate our freedom. And play with explosives.
Those same neighbors invited us to a house party they’re having later this month. Not sure if we’ll go – but it was nice that they invited us.
Next year we’re going to see if they want to work together and have a block party for the 4th – with grilled food, swimming in various pools (possibly), music and – of course – a repeat of that fantastic fireworks show. It was pretty spectacular.