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Will you be attending a fireworks display this year?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on June 28, 2005

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Photo of Grace O

“Yeah, the one at Burcham Park. I’m from Korea, where they have the World Fireworks Festival. They are always a lot of fun.”

Photo of Peter Maher

“Yeah, possibly the one here in town. I’ve been to a lot of them back home. I’m always excited to see the grand finale.”

Photo of David Donnell

“Yes, at Perry Lake on our boat. This will be our third or fourth time. It’s the best around, especially being out on the water.”

Photo of Angie Quinonez

“Probably, but I don’t know which one yet. We went to one in Wichita last year. It was really good.”

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Hong_Kong_Phooey 12 years, 12 months ago

I'll be at the fireworks ceremony in Washington, D.C.

nah...just kidding. I'll probably be stuck with friends, lighting of black cats and drinkin' some beer. But it would be cool to be in D.C...

linux_chick 12 years, 12 months ago

The fireworks at Burcham are always good, but the 4th just doesn't seem complete unless we get to watch my niece playing with the sparklers.

Richard Heckler 12 years, 12 months ago

A laid back private party... or I have a special place with a great view and no noise. The location is a secret. There is generally a breeze as well which keeps mosquitos at bay.

neopolss 12 years, 12 months ago

I'll be leaving town so I can light off my own fireworks. The Lawrence firework display was quite possibly the worst I have ever seen last year. What a complete waste of money. I've put on a better fireworks show with only $100. To the country! No ban for me!

Fangorn 12 years, 12 months ago

Hear, hear, neopolss! I will be attending my own fireworks display, set off near (but not incriminatingly next to) my house. Consider it an act of civil disobedience. You know, sort of declaring my independence from oppressive government. Hmmm, now there's an idea. . . . .

neopolss 12 years, 12 months ago

It's sad that the most patriotic day is being reduced to a spectator sport. The idea of fireworks is simple. If you sit around at night, it almost sounds like the battles of the American Revolution.

Fangorn, I praise your defiant finger to the local government. I too may have a few accidently go off within city limits.

italianprincess 12 years, 12 months ago

Well this question sort of sounds like the one I thought they would be asking in the next few days.

I myself will be heading out to a friends house in Tongie where we will BBQ, have games for the kids, and see a fantastic firework show. The guys always have a great show each year set up for all to enjoy.

As far as the show at the river......spray yourselves and your children down before going as the man eating mosquitos will be flying. I went once and got bit so much I never went back. They like river water so the fester down there ready to tear you up. Also those nasty little chiggers you can't see, so wear socks and spary your ankles anyway.

Lawrence isn't the same anymore on the 4th. I want to celebrate the fourth with a bang, but they have brought it down to a sizzle for us.

Happy 4th to all of you and have a blast with whatever you decide to do.

Topside 12 years, 12 months ago

OMB-yeah you better bring a "Borden Boy" then, that would be something.
Anyway I bought a bunch of wholesale stuff and am gong to do my best to lose a digit or limb...I need to trim a few pounds.

neopolss 12 years, 12 months ago

You forgot to mention that you would be sharing your holiday with Judge Martin on an outdoor smoking patio debating wood burning stove requirements for homes.

Topside 12 years, 12 months ago

Sorry, I have no idea what an "anvil"'d better school me.

sunflower_sue 12 years, 12 months ago

Since I live in the "country", I'll be blowing off some big stuff that my neighbor brings home from his construction site. (Actually, I'll just be watching him do it...I'm too attatched to my appendages!)

sunflower_sue 12 years, 12 months ago

OMB, once saw a 50 gallon drum shot about 50 feet into the air. That was impressive!

grilled_cheese 12 years, 12 months ago

Well, since I'm summering in Houston this season (icky), I'm not really sure what I'll be doing.

There is something to be said for lighting explosives on fire in the midst of sky scrapers and over-priced lofts.

Jeff Goodrick 12 years, 12 months ago

We all most took out a pond damn a couple of years ago they heard us in Perry. Now we just use welding gases. Farm boys know how to do the 4th.

acg 12 years, 12 months ago

As a wise man once said (well it was Apu on the Simpsons but let's not split hairs) "What better way of celebrating the birth of your nation than by blowing up a small portion of it?". Since I'm also in the country now we'll be doing our own fireworks then watching the display they put on out at Lake Dabinawa, where I live. It's always really impressive and can be seen clearly from my back balcony. Nothing like not having to fight the crowds and the traffic, etc. My hubby will probably drink massive amounts of beer (because we all know that messing around with explosives isn't complete without alcohol of some kind) and then he'll pass out and the kid will fall asleep and I'll be picking up pieces of fireworks until the wee hours.

christie 12 years, 12 months ago

Attending? Who needs to attend. I'm staying home like I always do with garden-hose in hand to douse the bottle rockets that land on my roof. Every year it's the same thing, lots of stupid people wasting tons of money on something childish, something that goes bang.

Big Whoop.

I wish the City would actually enforce the ban.

italianprincess 12 years, 12 months ago


How do you celebrate Independence Day?

Its the birthday of our country so I'm just curious how you celebrate it.

grilled_cheese 12 years, 12 months ago

well, bob, will you be attending any displays in houston, or do you know of any that will be outstanding?

Topside 12 years, 12 months ago

Sorry, OMB I should have clarified. I did know WHAT an anvil is, but I didn't know what shooting it was. I should have clarified better because I'm sure there are people who don't know what an anvil is and that a "cobbler" isn't just a dessert.

sunflower_sue 12 years, 12 months ago

kns, If you really do have a 13 year old daughter...that was a really sick thing to say.

As far as your pit bull goes, go ahead and bring it to the country. But just know that the first time it escapes it's confines, it will be used for target practice. Sorry, but true.

Topside 12 years, 12 months ago

Cool, well I'm out for today. It is time to put your tax dollars at work for a change.

Carmenilla 12 years, 12 months ago

S_Sue, I think that was an attempt at satire on kns's part. Not really very funny, huh?

On the 4th I plan on grilling up a mess o' meat, making potato salad and a Key Lime pie. We always try to get out of town to blow some stuff up. I am quite fond of Roman candles. All the other loud stuff I can do without. I prefer to lose my hearing (and maybe a limb or digit) to Rock-n-Roll music!!!

grilled_cheese 12 years, 12 months ago

Bob: In case you are curious, my co-workers infomed me that the displays at Hermann Park and AstroWorld are good. The one at Hermann Park I hear is set to the 1812 Overture as well, complete with canon.

Oh, and Galveston makes me sick. Too much dead red algae and too many stupid tourists in oversized, gas-guzzling vehicles taking up two parking spots along the seawall. Sharks would be a welcome distraction.

sunflower_sue 12 years, 12 months ago

Sorry kns...just didn't get the trenchant wit in any of that.

neopolss 12 years, 12 months ago

Oh boy ... I shouldn't have mentioned the dreaded judge.


Ceallach 12 years, 12 months ago

kns: I agree with you about pit bulls. The breed is so maligned because of morons who think a powerful dog, trained to fight is somehow an enhancement of their own inadaquacies.

Members of my family have had pit bulls as long as I can remember. They were (and are) wonderful pets. Like any other large animal they need to be trained to stay down and not pull their owner around the pavement during walks, etc. :) Raised by caring people they are loving, loyal and totally trustworthy dogs.

christie 12 years, 12 months ago

Dear ItalianPrincess,

I celebrate Christmas and Easter and my own birthday and many other holidays without setting off loud obnoxious devices which have the potential to dismember or maim myself or others.

I have always celebrated the Fourth of July by reading early U.S. History as well as portions of the Constitution of the United States, which has been trampled on by G.W. Bush and his administration.

I think this year however I'll go pit-bull hunting.

Carmenilla 12 years, 12 months ago

Be careful, neopolss! That word in caps could start a fight on this board ;-p

Also, to those posting about pit bulls. I was raised around Rottweilers. Those dogs are "killers" too, right? Well, all the Rotts I ever knew were like the biggest sweetest creampuffs you ever met. Its all about what kiinda love you put into those animals. Aholes make ahole dogs, I figure.

ku_kris 12 years, 12 months ago

I own a Pit Bull. Pit Bulls are sweet, loyal, and affectionate. And the people in this town that are trying to ban Pit Bulls are so misguided! Just because one Pit Bull attacks another dog, now all Pit Bulls must go?? What about the careless owner??

If you're walking your dog down some street and you and your dog walk past some yard with a broken down fence, and there's a dog in that yard, I guarantee you that that dog will come running out onto the sidewalk to greet your dog. And if you and your dog are extremely lucky, that other dog will only sniff your dogs behind! If you and your dog aren't so lucky, then that other dog will attack your dog!--Many dogs will do that! Not just Pit Bulls! I'm so sick and tired of clueless/ignorant people picking on Pit Bulls!! As if Pit Bulls are the only type of dog that has a habit of defending its turf! I've got news for many of you out there.......Lots and lots of dogs become aggressive when they perceive that the imaginary boundary of their turf has been breached by another dog. And they will go after the dog that they think has breached it! Especially if both dogs are of the same sex!! And for many dogs, that "imaginary boundary" does not end at the edge of the grass! It can extend out onto the sidewalk or even the road! But when it's all said and done, it's the owner of the dog that needs to be punished for any kind of dog-on-dog attack, not the dog that did the attacking!

Ceallach, thank you for your understanding concerning this manner!

corrienteroper 12 years, 12 months ago

All of your suggestions and commentary, misspelled words and all, are quite comical! I thank each and every one of you for the uplifting reading.

For the 4th, I will probably be resting up from the 2 days of rodeos on the 2nd and 3rd. When I was a young girl on the home farm, we didn't do fireworks. Dad always said "too much chance of a fire burning the entire hay field". So, it was only snakes for me. My favorite still to this day.

As for the dogs, those small ankle biters are worse.

Ceallach 12 years, 12 months ago

Nancy Drew just turned 75 -- makes me feel like a mere girl :)

Carmenilla 12 years, 12 months ago

I call them "punting" dogs, corrienteroper!

And hey, are you making fun of us? ;-)

sunflower_sue 12 years, 12 months ago

Unfortunately, in the country, we only see these breeds as menacing guard dogs or as "dumped" dogs that the owner just got tired of or couldn't control. That's why they end up shot. Animal control won't even bother with them.

I absolutely agree that most dogs can be trained to be loving pets. I, however, do not know many people who have ever actually bothered to take thier dogs to obedience classes. (Just stroll through the farmer's market and see all the different breeds with no manners whatsoever.) I took my "pound" dog to classes and they did the "high-strung nipper" a world of good.

I would be more in favor of the owners being fined for having large breeds in the city that keep them confined 24-7. These animals need exercise. I've seen too many wasting away on tie-outs in backyards.

Ceallach 12 years, 12 months ago

corrienteroper: Being a source of uplifting reading is good, right? Most of us try to be very careful with our comments, spelling, grammar, etc., the first few times we post. Then, what the heck, we just tap something out and overlook each others English errors, unless we think they are trolling us -- then we pick, pick, pick :)

Today's topic: I will stay home and watch my neighbors displays up and down the street. My family plans to go to the Royals Game and stay for the fireworks, I hear they are great. For various reasons I will be unable to go. But who can be down? It's the 4th of July and I think that is "Monk" marathon day - hurrah! (As you can tell, my partying needs are few :)

omb: Almost as sad as a round-about, huh?

ladysilk 12 years, 11 months ago

Great banter this fine soggy day. For the 4th of July I will contribute to the delinquency of minors and purchase fireworks for the kiddies and let them set them off in an undisclosed location. Then I will join Carmenilla in the buring of the sacrificial cow, pig, and chicken on the backyard grill. God bless the USA.

Ceallach 12 years, 11 months ago

sunflower_sue: I am not sure about the Lawrence Humane Society, but in many cities they euthanize pits that are brought in or picked up as a matter of policy, whether or not the dog displays aggression. My daughter ended up with her current pit because the owners changed their minds after purchasing him. She told them she would help find a home for him, she has her mother's love of animals so the home she found was her own! He is a great dog.

neopolss 12 years, 11 months ago

The pit bull scenario is yet another example of passing the blame around. Instead of a society that forces the individual to take responsibility, we instead cry "public safety!" and relinquish the rights of all.

Public safety and public health are nothing but a power grab disguised as human compassion.

Ban fireworks Ban Pitbulls Ban smoking Ban pesticides Ban new Walmarts Ban flag burning

The city must be loving the willingness of residents to hand over their choices.

ms_canada 12 years, 11 months ago

Most of you may know that we in Canada celebrate our national birthday on July 1. Here in Edmonton, the city usually puts on a tremendous fireworks display in the river valley park. We live high on the bank (220ft. up) so we get a pretty good view. I love the fireworks. It is a fitting culmination of a good day of celebration. This question has been posed rather early, is it too early for me to wish you all a great time. Carmenilla, I will think of you and your Key Lime Pie and smile. Enjoy, people.

JohnS 12 years, 11 months ago

Firewroks promotes voilence!!!!! they loud destroy thing and hurt poeple! they need be ban to!

Harooy for banninging them for everybody now to ban for display. They have plane of death flyover everyear scares bejeezus out of me. Ban them!

italianprincess 12 years, 11 months ago

To funny OMB........Just ended my work day here with a laugh.

wichita_reader 12 years, 11 months ago

I'll be down at Grand Lake in Oklahoma, celebrating the pasteurization process, the turbine motor, as well as our great nation. Hopefully I'll catch a show down there.

Ceallach 12 years, 11 months ago

Guess what!!! Just tuned in Fox News and some woman has filed suit against Appleby's, says she found a human fingertip in her salad!!! Now she cannot eat out and has to have anxiety therapy.

Is this a new phenomenon or have we been too dumb to realize we were eating fingers all these years?

Just thinking about it makes me anxious, maybe I should sue Appleby's or Fox News.

corrienteroper 12 years, 11 months ago

Absolutely not! I am not making fun of anyone. Actually, I was just trying to get one of you to acknowledge I had joined the "chat group".

This is really kind of fun. Thanks for returning a comment. Maybe I can make another when LJ World asks a question that doesn't have anything to do w/what goes on in Lawrence. I don't live there, and have not lived there, so I don't have anything to contribute when the question is asked about something to do w/the town. I just know I don't like driving in that town at certain times of the year.

SMeeks 12 years, 11 months ago

I'm lucky, I no longer live in Lawrence so I can set off my fireworks where ever I want. It's hard to believe that lawrence has put a ban on fireworks. I lived in Lawrence until I was 17 years old (now i'm 23) I remember each year getting excited about setting off fireworks with my family friends. It is really sad that they took that away from you.

Regards, and have a safe and fun 4th.

Fangorn 12 years, 11 months ago

What you can't see....

OMB: Anvils, huh? You sound like a great guy to hang around with. Not too closely all the time, mind you, but still fun! ;) btw, what are "firewoks"? Furry Star Wars creatures that only live in pine trees?

I've never actually met a mean pit bull. Granted, I don't have extensive experience with the breed. But the half dozen or so I've had close contact with were all affectionate, lovable dogs. Sure, their musculature makes them better equipped to be vicious than, say, a dachshund. But a nasty disposition comes from training, not breeding.

Christie: The shredding of our Constitution started pretty early in our republic. It got a big boost from "Honest" Abe, went wholesale with FDR, and has pretty much continued unabated ever since. GWB is a lightweight compared to others, including his immediate predecessor. The SCOTUS ruling in Kelo v. City of New London last week should be able to convince anyone of our Constitution's demise. I know most people probably didn't notice this abominable ruling due to being in Michael Jackson withdrawal or being distracted by the Tom & Katie saga.

Now I need to go buy some fireworks. Outside the city limits, of course. neopolss and I can send signals to each other across the city. :)) And the rockets' red glare, citizens!

Ceallach 12 years, 11 months ago

Around 1970 the City of Lawrence pulled the eminent domain card on my grandmother and two blocks of senior citizens who lived on the east side of New Hampshire and the West side of Rhode Island, between 11th & 12th Streets. She had lived there 35 years. The "fair market" value amount they paid was an insult to her and the other seniors they displaced. For most of them those homes were their only security, and they could not hope to buy suitable replacements, if in fact they were up to the stress of house hunting and the rigors of purchasing real estate. Those who could went to live with family. Others went to nursing homes. My grandmother had a stroke 2 months before she was to move in with my parents, she never recovered enough to leave the nursing home. The public good they were evicted to accommodate? Our lovely Hall of Justice!

Ceallach 12 years, 11 months ago

lonely_guy must be away. We haven't heard a word about Angie -- or . . . maybe he is in Olathe right now :)

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