With patriotic music playing and everyone temporarily quiet, I had time to think about this odd tradition. It's sort of like Santa Claus, really. So much a part of our culture that we never really think about it.
Funny how people love destruction and danger...as long as it is really controlled. (Think amusement parks.)
Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a good display of pyrotechnics. But I like to be far away from the lighting and potential ground explosion as possible. Blame Jimmy, a family friend who used to core crab apples and insert fire crackers to toss at me and his sister.
If you think about it, we are using the same supplies as entertainment as we use to make weaponry. Fireworks really do mimic in-air explosions created by war fare, right? Kind of an odd tribute.
Our local fireworks display was followed up with a movie night and I laughed out loud at Lego Movie with my daughter and the rest of our tiny town. Of course, "everything was awesome!"