I have never been a big celebrant of the 4th of July. Ocassionally I've been invited to barbeques and I once hosted one (not my idea but did by special request). The one thing that I do enjoy and don't do often enough is watch a fireworks show. I think my love affair with fireworks began as a child. My earliest memory is the 1976 clebration of our bicentennial. In the town that I grew up fireworks were an annual affair, but that year the Grucci Brothers outdid themselves. I am pretty sure that music was not playing that night but as I aged the soundtrack playing in the background was just as important as the pyrotechnics in the sky above.
The music - yes, the music, fireworks are meant to be accompannied by loud classical music, the beat of the tipani and the reverb in my chest of the explosions are simply magical. There are several shows that standout in my mind. First, the recent showI've seen, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth a Disney production. It was simply fabulous. We are talking about Disney afterall.
The next show that is forever embeded in my mind is the world famous Macy's 4th of July fireworks. I had the luck to view it in the VIP section - no standing for us and full enjoyment of the performances prior to the main attraction. Sitting on the Hudson, hearing the roar of the fireworks and the outstanding music was an experience that was amazing.
Finally, a show that I saw in Cape Town South Africa, on the waterfront with my mother. The National Symphony Orchestra played while the fireworks exploded overhead. It was a majestic display that I can still recall vividly a decade later.
Fireworks. With my head uplifted watching the sky, ohhing and aahhing I release my inhibitions and simply feel like a child.
What makes you feel this way? Whatever it is I encourage you to take a moment and experience it this weekend. Celebrate - the 4th, celebrate you, your family, your blessings. And I will work on capturing special moments with my child.