Fourth of July, Salem Style

This is K. I love this piece Salem Man wrote about the fourth. So instead of trying to write my own, I'm reposting his. Take care, have fun and be safe.

Update 7/5/08
After our street firework show, we perched ourselves atop a local hill to see the city's fireworks. All over the place, streams of colorful explosions sailed through the sky and thundered over Salem homes. As far as you could see across the valley, people were enjoying the Fourth of July.

Oregonians are lucky that our founding father's adopted the Declaration of Independence in July. It's one of only a few months that you can count on clear skies in the Willamette Valley. If you're perched upon a hill with a valley view, you know that several communities around Salem have their own shows including Salem Riverfront Park, Independence, Keizer, and Stayton. But we all know that the best show in town is the street fireworks show. Check out this neighborhood show I found while searching "Illahee fireworks." Does anyone know if this is the Ilahhee near Salem? The commentary is great.

Just about everyone has a neighbor who makes a special trip to Washington to purchase certain types of fireworks that are legal in that state, and are illegal in Oregon. Hundreds of these home pyrotechnic shows will slow traffic through town and cause pets to freak out. People will be burning their fingers reaching to light fuses that will set off a flaming chemical reaction lighting up the sidewalks. It's a good idea to keep a bucket of water and a garden hose at the ready and be sure to wait at least a couple of moments before approaching fizzled out fireworks. People choose to celebrate Indepencdence Day at home because they hate to fight the traffic and crowds of the big shows. They want to be able to have a drink and not have to worry about finding a designated driver. Even sober drivers risk being out on the road with drunks too stubborn to respect the safety of others. Independence Day is about the freedoms that our founding father's fought and died for. It's about achieving our goals and dreams on our own and in a manner that suits our individualities. We all(except people 17 and under) have a say in our government and we can vote for laws and lawmakers that will change our communities to make our lives more enjoyable and profitable. You are even free to not participate in civil debate. As you prepare for your Fourth of July celebration, whatever that may be, take some time and appreciate the freedoms that our country offers its citizens. Enjoy time with your family and share goodwill with your neighbors.


KandN said...

It sounds like that youtube member lives in Washington state and I see there's another Illahee in Kitsap County.
Someone enjoyed a BIG LOUD fireworks show last night. Maybe Independence??
N will be playing at the 4th of July celebration in Lebanon. You can't get more (in a wonderful way) small town than having a community band, set-up on a semi-trailer stage, play down the sun before the big fireworks show.

Anonymous said...

"Just about everyone has a neighbor who makes a special trip to Washington to purchase fireworks that are legal in that state, and are illegal in Oregon."

I'm confused. If they are illegal here then what are all those fireworks stands in every shopping center?????

Anonymous said...

Illahee does have a fireworks show.

Salem Man said...

Let me clarify; Washington sells certain types of fireworks that are illegal to sell in Oregon. Oregon has legal fireworks but they are more restrictive than Washington. I got this bit of info from the website.


From the Oregon State Fire Marshal:

* Legal fireworks produce only smoke, sparks or fire. Examples are base fountains, cone fountains, wheels and ground bloom flowers.
* Illegal fireworks explode, eject balls of fire, fly into the air or travel more than six feet on the ground or 12 inches into the air. Examples are missile rockets, aerial spinners, mortars, bottle rockets, firecrackers and roman candles. M80s, M100s and cherry bombs are considered explosive devices (not fireworks) and are illegal as well.

Also, be aware that fireworks are prohibited on all beaches and at all state parks in Oregon.


From the Office of the State Fire Marshal:

* Legal fireworks include sparklers, cylindrical fountains, cone fountains, illuminating torches, wheels, ground spinners, flitter sparklers, mines/shells, smoke devices, helicopter aerial spinners and roman candles.
* Illegal explosive devices include M80s and any improvised, homemade or altered explosive device, such as tennis balls or cherry bombs.

Anonymous said...

OOOOOH! Well that's ok that they're banned here since I don't like those louder than normal crazy ones.

I remember back in the day finding out that a piccolo pete (don't know what they're called nowadays) was actually 1/8th of a stick of dynamite. That freaked me out to no end. Dynamite was what Bugs Bunny and Wyle E. Coyote used and I saw the damage they caused!

Then my brother would buy them and scare me!

Anonymous said...

I've always thought it was funny that we celebrate our country by buying millions of dollars worth of fireworks from China. Shouldn't we celebrate with some products made in the USA?

Salem Man said...

The Eat Salem blog is made in the USA. I don't know how we can celebrate with it.

Salem Man said...

I think I may have been drunk when I wrote that. It's always weird to go back and read something from a couple years ago. Happy 4th 2010!

KandN said...

Salem Man, The comment above your most recent? Or the post? Can't be the post! ;>)

Salem Man said...

all of them. Just kidding. cheers!

KandN said...

And cheers to you and yours!