“What are fireworks like?” she had asked the Prince, one morning, as she was walking on the terrace. “They are like the Aurora Borealis,” said the King,”… only much more natural. I prefer them to stars myself, as you always know when they are going to appear.”
Oscar Wilde, The Remarkable Rocket
Today is Canada Day and Monday is the Fourth of July. Could there be a better opportunity to appreciate fireworks? For me they are pure magic.
I remember the year my family moved to California. My parents rented a house on Junipero Serra Blvd in Palo Alto. The backyard fence was the border between us and endless rolling hills (with cows!). That Fourth of July my brother took me on a walk to the highest hill I could manage and we saw firework displays all around.
Perhaps fewer communties go all out with firework displays now, but there are still many to choose among. Take your pick from KGO-TV’s useful guide to Fourth of July events.