xoxoxoBruce Monday Jul 6 12:00 AM
July 6, 2009: Boston Fireworks
There's a million fireworks shows on the 4th of July. Of course the public displays are the biggest, and the bigger the city
capnhowdy Monday Jul 6 07:25 AM
Danger always enhances pleasure. Looks like fun. I'm surprised the "water cops" didn't interrupt.
spudcon Monday Jul 6 07:44 AM
All those millions of tons of pollution shot into the air every year, how green is that? I think everyone should just blow up a bag on holidays and then pop them Much greener. Maybe we can get the Feds to make it a law.
glatt Monday Jul 6 08:12 AM
I've been to the Boston fireworks once, and it was great. The war of 1812 Overture with the three or four howitzers firing blank shells in perfect sync with the music is freaking awesome.
Alluvial Monday Jul 6 08:22 AM
Kayaks have anchors?
ZenGum Monday Jul 6 09:20 AM
Awesome. Pretty risky, too, I'd be worried about being run down by some other boat; but worth the risk.
glatt Monday Jul 6 09:38 AM
When I was there, the viewing area in the river was very popular and very policed. No speedboats flying through. Idle speed for everyone and everyone was watching out for one another. If you go to kisreal's web page there are other pictures of the event that show how the river is like a parking lot. You can almost walk across it without getting your feet wet by stepping from boat to boat. It's safe.
Sundae Monday Jul 6 09:43 AM
dar512 Monday Jul 6 10:50 AM
We were up close to a very good fireworks display in Champaign Il. Let me tell you that getting popped by the cardboard shells from the fireworks hurts like a bugger.
Sheldonrs Monday Jul 6 10:57 AM
I went to the Boston 4th of July once when I lived there. It was hot, humid and elbow to elbow crowds. Never need to do that again.
glatt Monday Jul 6 11:01 AM
I was at a private show last year that scared me. Hot embers occasionally rained down on us. So we moved back after a minute or two. Plus, the guys doing it appeared to be drunk. I kept expecting a major tragedy, but they pulled it off.
kisrael Monday Jul 6 11:27 AM
Thanks for the link etc Bruce!
xoxoxoBruce Monday Jul 6 12:00 PM
Thanks for slide show.
Clodfobble Monday Jul 6 01:06 PM
Shawnee123 Monday Jul 6 01:35 PM
I could hear the fireworks from my place, but didn't go see any!
Happy Monkey Monday Jul 6 01:37 PM
I go down to the National Mall every year. It's not too crowded on the Mall, and this year the weather was perfect. But, as for crowded, part of the fun is the mad rush to squeeze into the subway when it's over. We tried a different stop this time, and even with the post-crash Red Line slowdown we managed to get on the first train that came along.
Stormieweather Monday Jul 6 01:38 PM
The fireworks I attended was the usual one, with the fireworks being set off over the intercoastal waterway. It looked a bit like this one...at first.
kisrael Monday Jul 6 04:11 PM
Either you intrinsically get the appeal of beautiful lights in the night sky and fun pseudo-scary big noises (along with a kind of facile patriotism and sort of shared group enjoyment/camaraderie with the masses around you, and possibly just a nice excuse to chat and hang with friends (no not that you need one)) or you just see feel the crowds, heat, drunken jerks, time spent, and (in some cases, though this is the first year I'd ever noticed) smoke + debris.
Kayaking to fireworks is a real synergy, either activity I'd do on its own, probably, but the mutual justification was terrific. (Plus, the water wasn't nearly as crowded as the land...)
Clodfobble Monday Jul 6 04:58 PM
See, the kayaking thing I can get behind. You avoid the crowds, and the temperatures are cooler over the water. I would love fireworks if the venues they were displayed in didn't suck one-thousand-percent. I'm willing to concede that things are worse due to my location: "heat" has a totally different meaning to me than it does to the state of Massachussetts, and the drunken jerks here are not pleasantly amusing, they are the type who will accidentally gesture the wrong way in the tight-packed crowd and stick their lit cigarette against your arm.
capnhowdy Monday Jul 6 05:10 PM
They have the Redneck Games about a quarter mile from my house. This year it will be held on July 11. I always sit out in my pool and watch while sipping whiskey. Now that is enjoyable.
xoxoxoBruce Tuesday Jul 7 12:54 AM
I want to know how the girls spend all that time in the kayak without a bathroom break? I mean the guys can just tie it to the anchor and throw it over the side for awhile.
capnhowdy Tuesday Jul 7 10:00 PM
kisrael Wednesday Jul 15 01:17 PM
This year we had a strict-ish "lets not bring drinks" policy (except for the little illicit mini bottles of wine we stowed)
monster Wednesday Jul 15 10:08 PM
you can't get a friend to hold one side of the kayak steady while you pee over the other? sheesh
xoxoxoBruce Thursday Jul 16 12:49 AM
In the middle of a thousand boats? Your butt would be all over the internet.