The Sledgehammer – Version 2.0

July 6, 2008

(Mostly) Safe and (Not Entirely) Sane: A Vanderhoeven Fourth of July

Filed under: Family — Tags: — Brian Lutz @ 11:43 pm

Over here on the Eastside, the Fourth of July tends to be something of a low-key affair for many people, mostly because virtually every city in the area has a total ban on private fireworks, and only a handful of public displays take place.  In previous years, a public fireworks display took place at Marymoor Park which could be viewed reasonably well from the back deck of my parents’ house, but this hasn’t taken place in several years, and even when it did it tended to be plagued by delays and other problems.  These days, the City of Redmond instead opts to light off their community fireworks display a week later, in conjunction with the annual Derby Days festival.  To be honest, I find the public fireworks displays to be too much of a hassle to bother with anyway, since if you want a good spot you have to get there hours in advance to stake out your space, and getting home after the display is over means wading through traffic.  For some of the larger displays (such as the one on the Seattle waterfront) you have the option of watching on TV, but what’s the point of doing that?  With these restrictions in place, there really doesn’t seem to be much point in doing too much celebrating on the Fourth of July these days.

But as it turns out, there is hope.  It seems that in the semi-distant town of Bonney Lake about 40 miles south of here, where my aunt Pam and Uncle Mike live with their family, they actually still allow people to light off their own fireworks.  And from the looks of things, it appeared that there was no shortage of fireworks being lit down there either.  Given the apparent pyromania that seems to come with the Vanderhoeven genes, there’s no way we were missing out on the one day of the year when such traits may be considered to almost be socially acceptable.  After the jump, a Fourth of July the way it was MEANT to be celebrated.


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