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Friday, June 30, 2006

230 and counting...

By the time of the American Revolution, fireworks had long played a part in celebrating important events, having originated in China some 2,000 (or so) years ago.

It was natural that not only John Adams, but also many of his countrymen, should think of fireworks when Independence was declared.

The very first celebration of Independence Day was in 1777, six years before Americans knew whether the new nation would even survive the war...and fireworks were a part of that celebration.

There are a number of fireworks displays scheduled all over the country; several of them are listed HERE.

I'll be spending a long weekend in Virginia.

I will have some fireworks with me...


Blogger 'da Bunny said...

Jack, you're a "firecracker" all by yourself...is there any need for you to bring more? :-)

Have fun in VA, and be safe, my friend. Enjoy our independence, and praise God for it!

June 30, 2006 7:00 AM  
Blogger boberin said...

Happy Birthday America!
Many happy returns of the day.
Let me join bunny in wishing you and yours a safe and happy holiday!
When are they going to make the fourth a Monday holiday anyway? C'mon legislators, get on the stick!

June 30, 2006 7:29 AM  
Blogger Libby Gone™ said...

Great post Camo and yes GM truly do TA!

June 30, 2006 8:05 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

'da Bunny:
Need for more, no.
Desire for more, yes...

The 4th of July was a Monday holiday...just last year.
(Heh, heh...)

June 30, 2006 8:37 AM  
Blogger boberin said...

Yeah, I guess it was at that. Not very practical but a much tidier way to go about it

June 30, 2006 9:22 AM  
Blogger Hawkeye® said...

Let me add my wishes for a safe and enjoyable trip. They tell me the fireworks business is "booming". I'm sure you'll get a "bang" out of your celebration. I always get a "charge" out of fireworks displays... they add a lot of "sparkle" to a summer's night.

(:D) Regards...

June 30, 2006 9:32 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

What "set you off"? You're all "fired" up...

Libby Gone™:
I missed responding to you...thanks.

June 30, 2006 9:37 AM  
Blogger Maggie said...

You are heading down to God's country...My Home Sweet Home.I was born in the mountains of Va.but grew up on the coast in Hampton,Va.
Hampton was the first English speaking settlement.

I spent many a day in Williamsburg and Jamestown and never got over being awestruck by the courage of our forefathers and our country's history. Hope you get to visit the historical areas and visit a lot of the original homes.In Jamestown,you will see the 3 tiny ships and marvel how these colonists could possibly have traveled for months in such a tiny space.

Take a lot of cash with you and
Ask someone to direct you to Pearces BBQ....YUM ...YUM

June 30, 2006 9:52 AM  
Blogger kwl said...

Happy $th Jack
And let me thank you for your participation and your comrades participation to make it possible to continue this celebration of our freedoms and the birth of this fabulous country we live in.

Stay SAFE!!

June 30, 2006 2:57 PM  
Blogger kwl said...

err 4TH

June 30, 2006 2:58 PM  
Blogger The trotting Possum said...

Considering that the proponents of the "nanny state" are feverishly removing jungle gyms, slides, helter-skelters, and other fun acoutrements from the nation's playgrounds, lest some child skin their knee, can fireworks be far behind on the list of "Things to Ban"?

How's that for a run-on sentence?

In one episode of the "Mythbusters" series, they proved that a bullet fired straight up will not return to earth with enough gravitational force to be lethal. Those accidental deaths we hear hear about from celebratory firearms discharges are due to the bullets traveling in a ballistic arc.

So, a word to the wise. If you're going to celebrate with your AK-47, make sure the barrel is perfectly 90° straight up, and allow for the windage.

Have a happy Independence Day!

June 30, 2006 2:59 PM  
Blogger The trotting Possum said...

Hear hear? Here, here! Note to self: proofreading and preview are your friends.

June 30, 2006 3:02 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

I was actually in attendance at a fireworks display where someone got immolated, basically. This happened 20-30 feet from where I was sitting; something didn't ignite until it landed, essentially, right on top of them.

Pretty dangerous stuff...

June 30, 2006 5:15 PM  
Blogger JannyMae said...

We went to a patriotic concert at a church this evening. Very enjoyable, and gave a bit to think about, particularly, how grateful we are to live in this great country!

They did a tribute to the veterans and current service members, that brought a tear to my eye. God bless those who have served to maintain the freedom that we enjoy.

July 01, 2006 2:24 AM  
Blogger Beerme said...

Late to the party, as usual...
My family and I just returned from a seven state tour, which included visits to the Mammoth Caves, Bourbon Distilleries, natural wonders galore, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Biltmore House, the Ralph Stanley Museum and more!
But no fireworks...

Have a great time in VA!

July 03, 2006 11:03 AM  
Blogger MargeinMI said...

Now that the day is here, let me add my voice to the chorus....

Happy Birthday America!

We are truly blessed to live in this great land.

Have a great trip Jack, and as always, be safe.

Will be looking for details from you at your place Beerme.

July 04, 2006 7:34 AM  
Blogger postage_stamp said...

We are truly blessed to live in this (used to be) great land.

Ho hum ...

July 04, 2006 9:06 AM  
Blogger Kajun said...

It may not be legal to have fireworks in your possession in VA...I know it's illegal to take a nap in a rest-area.

July 04, 2006 4:19 PM  

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