Since the Independence Day celebration at Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre was cancelled because of the flooding last week, I was very disappointed.
This will be only the 3rd time I've missed 4th of July at Kirby Park in the past 15 years. (In 1992 I spent July 4th at Lake Wallenpaupack, and in 1997 I spent it in New York City.)
However, I did see some nice fireworks in Moscow, Pennsylvania, on July 3rd.
Not quite the same without the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, but I must say the display in Moscow was much longer than I would've expected it to be.
We went to mountaintop, wright township to be exact for fireworks this year. I got soda for $1 rather then $4 a pop. I got funnel cakes for $4, less then $7 and I got Nicky a glow rod for $2 instead of $5, the fireworks were just as good, but the philharmonic was absent. And I didn't have to park all the way over by the Pierce st. bridge :-)
Posted by Tim Pintsch | Wednesday 05 July 2006 1:55PM
I don't remember the funnel cakes being that expensive at Kirby Park.
But I guess I've been spoiled all these years, having a prime (secret) parking spot in Wilkes-Barre, very close to the Market Street Bridge.
One year I made it to my parking space at sunset, and ran the whole way into Kirby Park, and made it before it got too dark to spot my friends. haha.
This year I spent the 4th at home, in Scranton. And it seemed like my entire neighborhood had purchased fireworks that were clearly of the illegal variety.
There were bangs going off all day long. And the night display 2 of my neighbors were putting on was pretty darn elaborate. Pretty, but nerve-wrackingly dangerous for a tight city neighborhood with lots of trees!
They were shooting some right over the house 2 doors down from me.
Worse, someone decided to set off fireworks at half past 2 in the morning! I woke up feeling like I was in a battle zone, then I heard another series of bangs, then someone yell hoarsely & groggily, "Cut it out!", and then a dog started barking somewhere in the distance... (probably from a few streets over.)
It was straight out of a movie. I half expected to see Lars Thorwald carrying suitcases.
The entire neighborhood was awoken, I'm sure. (The next day, the neighbor girl told me her mother was woken up by them too.)
And I live in a neighborhood where ordinarily, after 9pm, even on the weekends, it's so quiet that you can hear a pin drop in the street from my 3rd floor window.
(Like literally, if my 3rd floor window at the front is open, I can hear footsteps if someone is walking quietly anywhere on my block.)
So this was kind of a shocker.
One of my friends who lives in Edwardsville (the town I used to live in) said that it seemed like everyone there had fireworks this year too. Though that seemed to be more common in Edwardsville than the past 2 years here.
But maybe this year the black market had some kind of sale on restricted pyrotechnics. heh.
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