So far pyromaniacs are way better neighbors than sex offenders

Every neighborhood has something. That little thing about it that makes it special. Maybe it’s the way all the houses look the same right down to the paper birch trees planted next to the wooden mailboxes along the street. Or maybe it’s the fact that there is never a weekend that goes by without the police speeding down your block with their lights flashing. Whatever it may be there is something unique about YOUR neighborhood.

My neighborhood’s something shines on the 4th of July.

There is a small park near my house that could easily be overlooked by the passerby if they weren’t paying attention. It’s big enough for Little League but small enough that the only parking is on the streets in the neighborhood. And every year on the 4th of July some of the neighbors get together and shoot of fireworks in that little park.

Not just bottle rockets and roman candles either.

We are talking SERIOUS fireworks.

Fireworks that draw people and their lawn chairs from all over the neighborhood. They show up well before dark because they know how AWESOME the fireworks are going to be.

IMG_9696All those little white boxes have people in them.
The red one has the single cop car that hung out all night.

IMG_9694We prefer to just pull our patio furniture onto the lawn for the festivities.

This is not anything new in my neighborhood. It has been happening for over 20 years. This year was the 5th consecutive year we have enjoyed the show. From what I have been told it started out with a couple of key families contributing to the pile of fireworks back when permits didn’t matter and the police didn’t harass you for shooting Screaming Banshees off in the park with a blowtorch in one hand and an open can of Old Milwaukee in the other. Families moved in and out of the neighborhood but one of those primary families never moved. Year after year they shot off fireworks from the basketball court and baseball diamonds in that small park. When the father passed away he left a trust fund for his children to carry on the tradition for their mother each fourth of July. This year was no exception.

And although that particular family didn’t contribute as much as they had in the past the other neighbors did.

For almost 2 straight hours.

*Right here is where the 82 seconds of explosive video I shot with JQ’s phone would go if the file size had not been TOO BIG to send. Stupid file size limitation.*

This year marked G-tot’s first experience with fireworks and they did not disappoint. I personally think it was the best fireworks display since we moved here. I hope someday he looks back and remembers that something special about our neighborhood.

IMG_9702G-tot loved doing the “sparklies”.

IMG_9716So did I.

11 comments to So far pyromaniacs are way better neighbors than sex offenders

  • That is one of the few things that I miss, having moved here. We live out in the country, isolated from a neighborhood. So, I’ll just live vicariously through you, if you don’t mind. Sounds lovely. :)


    Holly {ArtistMotherTeacher} Reply:

    We are still finding pieces of cardboard and little plastic discs in our yard. Want to vicariously clean too? ;)


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  • sweetpeaamanda

    Beautiful post as always! I greatly enjoy your writing style and point of view. Good stuff.


    Holly {ArtistMotherTeacher} Reply:

    Thanks Amanda. You are too sweet.


  • We had neighbors in Omaha that used to do that every year. They would drive to MO to get the “good stuff” that was illegal to purchase in NE. Where I live now there’s too many trees and the cops are assholes, so we don’t get to do many fireworks. The only legal ones are sparklers and snakes.

    I guess the claim to fame for our neighborhood is Halloween. We’ve gotten as many as 600 kids, they come from miles around to mooch off of us. Back in the 60′s the rich folks lived on my street, now it’s just plain old working folks and retirees, but that doesn’t keep the little mooches away.


    Holly {ArtistMotherTeacher} Reply:

    I’m so glad the cops didn’t harass anyone this year. After last year I wasn’t sure they would shoot off the fireworks again. Cops were being douchebags last year—but the fireworks STILL went on. Just much later. :)

    This year was just a super laid back experience. Which was awesome.

    I remember that about your neighborhood and Halloween. Bet that gets expensive.


  • amyfidler

    best blog entry title ever


    Holly {ArtistMotherTeacher} Reply:

    Haha! Thanks.


  • The title sucked me in and the pictures made me stay.


    Holly {ArtistMotherTeacher} Reply:

    I have the hardest time coming up with titles. But pictures? I have no problem shooting a crap ton of them.


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