Rockets Red Glare... And a Great Super 8 Movie...
[a classic red devil firework flyer circa 1976]
What are you going to be doing this Fourth of July Weekend?
I remember as a kid the day started with the Annual Parade which ended in Cameron Park. We all followed it to the end and then you just hung out until the temperature got too hot.
We then headed over to my friends house, swam in their Doughboy Pool, drank ice tea from metal glasses, ate corn on the cob and waited for dark, when we could light our Red Devil Fireworks.
My how times have changed. The other day I was helping man a fireworks booth for our church when it hit me that kids today cannot even buy fireworks. We used to do that. When ever we had a few spare bucks, we headed over to the stand and bought whatever we could afford.
But not anymore. Kids need to be escorted and if you are caught selling to a minor, you are in deep doo.
Nowadays, while waiting for the evening orchestrations of fireworks, and here in Vegas, they are pretty good, people go to the movies.
If that is your bent, let me recommend something for you. Go see Super 8.
This is one of those movies that stands up well as a story. Think of it as Close Encounters of the Third Kind meets E.T. meets Stand by Me and you've got it.
It is also the perfect summer movie. Action, adventure, some romance, and a lot of great memories.
Then, after you've seen it, click here to see if they got all the historical stuff right.
And if you are going to be personally shooting off fireworks this year, make sure you check out this message from Fire Marshall Bill on the unknown dangers of fire!
For some great firework memorabilia, follow this link...