Last night we partied with other Americans at a neighbor's house in Cabo. The house has an absolutely gorgeous rooftop deck with a beautiful view of the famous rocks at Land's End. As soon as we heard the first pop of fireworks, my husband and I grabbed our kids and rushed up there. And it's a good thing we rushed. The entire display lasted about three minutes, tops.
My in-laws made it up the stairs just as the show had ended. My daughters were very disappointed, more used to the lengthy fireworks display in Washington, D.C. (not to mention the dozens of neighborhood fireworks set off throughout the night in wonderful defiance of city laws). I told my daughters that the presence of any fireworks while in a foreign land were a blessing and nothing to complain about. I may have been onto something.
The photo above shows what happened when San Diego accidentally set off every single firework it had at once. Their display was even shorter than ours! Their display also was much more awesome in that one moment.
But the prize for worst fireworks display has to go to Depoe Bay, Oregon. Via Jim Geraghty this morning:
The coastal town of Depoe Bay is about to experience its quietest July 3 in 19 years.
Town officials this year reluctantly announced they were cancelling the annual pre-Independence Day fireworks show, following pressure from federal wildlife managers who said the noise disrupts protected sea birds.
Business owners, dependent on the popular show for foot traffic, are not happy.
"It's a great loss to our community," said Peggy Leoni, co-owner of Trollers Lodge, a small motel in Depoe Bay.
But Rebecca Chuck, deputy project leader with the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex, said the move was necessary to protect species such as the Brandt's cormorant that nest at Pirates Cove. The cove is less than a mile south of Boiler Bay, where the fireworks show is held, and seabird colonies on the north coast face intensifying pressure from bald eagles and other predators.
When Mexico gives you more freedom fireworks than some locales in the United States, you know something is wrong.
I hope all of you had a blessed Independence Day. Despite one of the first questions I received at my party being "Don't you love President Obama?" things went great at mine.