Saturday, July 5, 2014

4th of July: Lorain rocks, Oberlin...not so much

The Buckeye and the Frog and some of our friends are boycotting Oberlin's fireworks because, for the second year in a row, they were held on July 3.  What is the point of fireworks on July 3?!?!  Makes no sense and please don't talk to me about firefighter overtime.  You either do it on the 4th or you don't do it at all.

So a group of us headed up to Lake Erie in Lorain and spread our picnic out on the beach behind the Rose Cafe in Lakeview Park.  A better place to watch fireworks simply cannot be imagined.  The evening was warm and breezy, the sand was soft and cool.  Lake Erie sparkled in front of us as the sun dropped from the sky.  All around people were spreading out blankets, kids were playing football and frisbee.  To the west we could see 5 or 6 different fireworks, from Vermilion to Cedar Point.  At 10, the fireworks at Black River Landing started and they were magnificent!  Each volley was like a finale and the finale went on forever!

Deborah Banyas, Nancy Gray, Terry Speer, the Buckeye, Reeny Annable, Jon Rice
This is where we'll be going every year, at least until Oberlin recognizes that this is a Fourth of July celebration.

The hour-long drive home was not exactly the perfect way to end the evening, so next year we'll get some ice cream at the Cafe and wait for the crowds to clear.
Reeny Annable, Jon Rice
the Buckeye, Nancy Gray


Lake Erie or, as the Frog calls it, la mer


1 comment:

  1. Oberlin is not alone. http://fireworksinohio.com/by-date/ lists 53 Ohio communnities firing on Jul 3, 125 on July 4, 46 on July 5. Costs and logistics are daunting. The Oberlin show this year was only 20 minutes. Maybe they could do a 40 minute show every other year? Or to celebrate another occasion, like the solstice or Bastille Day.

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