What’s Up with the Fireworks ALWAYS Starting Late?

by MyDadBlog on July 10, 2011

in Criticism

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So, we went to two different fireworks shows this year.  One was in our hometown and then this weekend, our friends in another state had us out for their town’s fireworks.  I’m used to fireworks starting late, as nobody can ever seem to get it together, but this year in North Jersey was outrageous.  The stated start time was 9:30 PM which is already pretty late considering most people bring little children and it’s dark before 9.  Well, these fireworks didn’t go off until 10:15PM.  That’s absurd.  They went until past 11.  So, we got home pretty late, but I can’t help but wonder, why can’t any fireworks show ever go off on time?

It’s the Same Show Every Year!

You would think these towns that hire these contract fireworks outfits or the fire departments – they basically have the same routine every year – forever.  It’s the same personnel setting up, rehearsing, lighting the fireworks, etc.  If you have an entire year to plan for something and say 9:30 start, why is it so difficult to start at 9:30?  I just don’t get it.

Is It Still a Recession?

The other thing I’ve noticed over the past few years is the fireworks shows are getting increasingly shorter (and less impressive).  Maybe it’s me just being an old fart and as I age fireworks just aren’t as big a deal, but it seems like the shows are getting less and less impressive.  One has to question whether it’s municipalities cutting back on their entertainment budgets.

Oh well, not to sound ungrateful; we do enjoy the shows.  But if they could at a minimum, start on time, I’d be much more impressed.

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