The imagination fireworks were tolerable on July 4th because we has already seen a great fireworks show on the 2nd. We were driving around Silverthorne and we passed a sign that said, “Never Forget.” Sort of vague, huh? We wondered what we weren’t supposed to forget. The Declaration of Independence? The Revolutionary Way? 9/11? Pearl Harbor, The Alamo? I read an article later in the day that said the fireworks display was a tribute to The Troops, about whom we should never forget. That’s an especially good reminder for me, because I ran into one soldier in particular this past weekend who said, “I’m still waiting for those cookies.” Oops! (Disclaimer: I support the troops.)
First we were going to try to see the fireworks from our campsite, then we briefly considered going with friends to their friend’s house, but then we remembered we had the dog, and the bikes, and maybe no locks, so we went back to plan A. But the kids thought they were going to miss the show and everyone was stressed out and crying when we just decided to drive right down into the middle of the Support the Troops celebration, and park ourselves and our crazy dog on a blanket by Lake Dillon. Actually we sat on half the blanket, with Luke on Dave’s lap and Jack on mine, and the blanket folded over us. Because it was dark, and freezing, and windy. And Lucy is crazy, so we found a spot way off to the side, not even facing the direction where all the rest of the people were. There was even a stand of trees in between us and the 4th of July Never Forget Celebration, so we figured the fireworks would be on the other side of the trees. So we snuggled, and we watched the boats and we waited for the fireworks to start. We didn’t know how Lucy would react since last year the fireworks were rained out, but BOOM, all of a sudden the show started, and we had the prime viewing spot. And then it was SWARM, SWARM! We were suddenly surrounded on all sides by people rushing to the prime spot to get the best view. Turns out, Lucy does not like fireworks, and she started shaking, so we squished her body between Dave and I, and her head between Luke and Dave. No time to act ferocious to random dogs, too busy trembling.
At this point, the wind stopped, and I realized we’d get through the fireworks without Lucy causing a scene,and we had a good view, and everything was right in the world. Except, I was sort of sitting on a stick, and the way Jack was leaning on me was sort of uncomfortable, and I couldn’t straighten my back at all. But we were all close and snuggly, and this was the sort of fireworks show that stands out. Because the best way to enjoy fireworks, is to be constantly berated about how much you should be enjoying them. It was really dark, and I could barely move my neck, so I didn’t get to see who was talking, but I was guessing it was a drunken lady, with a deep and commanding voice. It went like this.
DRUNKEN LADY:YOU SHOULD THANK YOUR TROOPS FOR THESE FIREWORKS!
Crowd: Awkward silence.
DRUNKEN LADY: THE TROOPS KEEP YOU FREE!
DRUNKEN LADY: YOU OWE THE TROOPS YOUR FREEDOM!
DRUNKEN LADY: ONLY IN AMERICA
DRUNKEN LADY: YOU BETTER ENJOY THESE FIREWORKS
Random person in crowd: We’re trying!
DRUNKEN LADY: YOU ARE AMERICANS!
Me: Not me, I’m from Canada.
DRUNKEN LADY: YOU OWE THE TROOPS! THE TROOPS KEEP YOU FREE!
Dave: Is this going to be one of those stories we tell forever?
DRUNKEN LADY: YOU BETTER ENJOY THIS FOR THE TROOPS! YOU CAN ONLY SEE FIREWORKS IN AMERICA!
Luke: And China, where fireworks were invented.
Yes, the July 2nd fireworks show was one we will never forget.