Who needs fireworks anyway?


— So what the heck are we going to do Thursday night when the sun goes down and there are no fireworks because of the fire ban?

Personally, I'm not too bummed about it.

Since I moved here, I have seen more fireworks shows than I have in the rest of my life, so I'll just wait until January.

Along with being Ski Town U.S.A., Steamboat Springs seems to be the fireworks capital of Colorado. During the winter there are fireworks going off all the time The World Cup, New Year's Eve and other events always seem to feature fireworks.

Some days I'm driving home and see the fireworks and don't know what's going on or care. The thrill of blowing things up has gone.

Fireworks used to be the most novel part of the Fourth. It was the only time of the year that you got to see the giant fireworks shows and as a child, I reveled in the whole culture of the Fourth.

It's also the only time of the year when it is socially acceptable to, let's say, blow up a pop can with an M-80 firecracker.

During the Fourth, everyone seems to forget that most fireworks are illegal in Colorado. Even my usually law-abiding parents never minded me crossing the border to Wyoming with a buddy's dad to buy things that blow up. They would stand in front of the house when I lit them and make comments that sounded less like Mom and Dad than Beavis and Butthead: "That totally blew up."

That's all over for me now.

So what are we going to do when the sun goes down Thursday? Well, I'll be watching String Cheese play. I won't even think about it.

But for those used to spending the holiday waiting for the municipal fireworks show, then exploding a whole bag of their own fireworks in the driveway, I'm sure it will be a tough evening.

Don't worry. New Year's will be here before you know it. Winter Carnival is just around the corner.

Plus the firework stands across the border are open year around. You can celebrate your Fourth when it rains again.


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