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Happy Kaboom Day!!! [Jul. 4th, 2007|11:55 pm]
Zoethe
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Yesterday being Ferrett's birthday, I arranged for a birthday party of sorts today. We went to the Clague Park fireworks show with a bunch of friends, ate cake and watermelon, and enjoyed an evening that, by itself, was deserving of being outdoors in the park - perfect temperatures, low humidity, no wind. Honestly, I could have been content with watching the lovely sunset fade and then going home.

But instead we were treated to one of the most impressive fireworks shows I've seen outside of Disney - and a lot of fireworks that we had not seen before. We were thrilled by new and fancier versions of fireworks that explode and then explode again, creating many mini-bursts within the larger burst. We had seen some of these before, but they were considerably more elaborate this year. And there were more fireworks with large-spread plus center spread effects.

The cool thing about this show is that it happened on two levels. Much of it was the typical high-sky bursts, but in addition there were a lot of low-sky events, including some amazing showers of gold sparkles that, sent up in rapid succession over a length of the ball field, were very reminiscent of the show fountain at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.

Now, if those Mentos guys could just figure out how to add sparklers....

Anyway, must get to bed. Lots of work tomorrow. But it was a good Fourth. And tomorrow night is the free concert by the Cleveland Orchestra in Public Square. After which they launch fireworks right off the top of the Tower Terminal. Directly overhead. Where you can watch them occasionally bounce off the building.

Oh, yeah.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-07-05 11:17 am (UTC)
Interesting. Because we weren't actually in Cleveland proper. There are numerous fireworks shows throughout the area, including the one we're going to tonight, in downtown Cleveland, which is set off subsequent to the free Cleveland Orchestra concert in Public Square.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-07-05 12:49 pm (UTC)
A friend who saw the fireworks show on the east side of town reports an impressive - though totally different - fireworks experience. So apparently it was a good year for Cleveland. I will let you know if tonight's show is impressive or a let down.
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[User Picture]From: preitas
2007-07-05 12:56 pm (UTC)
We don't live that far from crocker & we could see it from the house. It looked like lightening in the fog (which was smoke!) crazy. Almost wish I would have gone, but then I would have had to deal with parking & I'm not so good with having patience to park :D
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-07-05 01:04 pm (UTC)
We were wise and got there two hours early, set out our picnic and enjoyed the amazing evening. And then we were wise and kept visiting until the lot was pretty well cleared out before venturing into the traffic.

Last year Ferrett and I walked down to watch it, which is how we knew it was going to be good.
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[User Picture]From: preitas
2007-07-05 03:33 pm (UTC)
sounds like next year that is what I will have to do :D Sounds like you guys had a fabulous time :D
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-07-06 03:15 am (UTC)
It was - much better than the Cleveland Orchestra tonight. The concert was great, but the wind kicked up and they canceled the fireworks!
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2007-07-05 02:59 pm (UTC)
Boston has the most amazing show, set to music, following the free concert by the Boston Pops Orchestra at the Hatch Shell, beside the Charles River. Each year I say I'm going to go in person. Then they start talking about all the people who arrive at 8 AM to secure a good spot. They let you know how many extra trains they're adding so people can get home to the suburbs before 2 A.M. And so each year I watch it on TV and then head to bed.

Glad you had a good time and wish Ferrett a Happy Birthday from Me!!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-07-05 03:03 pm (UTC)
Generally getting into downtown Cleveland by 4pm is enough to get good seats, but this year I have a client appointment until late. Fortunately, we have friends who are securing a spot for us early.
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[User Picture]From: morgi
2007-07-09 01:10 am (UTC)
Come see Independence one of these years! When I was picking up the crew's lunch the day of the show, the kid at Subway told me he heard the show was the best in the state. :) (Not that we're letting it go to our heads...)

I also got some awesome pictures at two of our smaller shows. Unfortunately they aren't online yet.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-07-09 05:43 am (UTC)
I doubt that anything beats Columbus' show - we showed up after a couple hours of it and couldn't stay until the end! But I will consider Independence for next year - a day of country fair activities followed by fireworks would be great!
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