posted on Jul, 4 2021 @ 11:21 PM
Michiganders have a fetish with stuff that explodes, and they don't need a holiday to do it (not kidding) It's a year-round thing up here, and they
even have year-round physical brick & mortar dedicated fireworks retailers, lol. Not just seasonal tents in parking lots and displays at Walmart or
the grocery store, they looooove their explodey stuff up here.
That being said, HOLY #, GRAND RAPIDS. Their show last night (Saturday) was almost half an hour long -- and they went BIG. You could hear it
for miles away in the 'burbs, too. My suburbia neighborhood did it's usual massive Night-Before personal fireworks, and when people started to notice
that both the GR public show didn't end after 15 minutes or so, and the firework amount was quite big, everyone quit lighting their fireworks
off around here/quit ogling the neighborhood DIY shows and ended up in the street trying to figure out who's show it was & marveling. Couldn't see
squat, but we sure as hell could hear it (and feel the reverb, gotta love valleys) That grand finale was pretty epic just in the booms alone, all the
military guys were all "Damn, what are they doing downtown, carpet bombing??" lol
Tonight, my neighborhood's 4th fireworks have been...amped. Last night was pretty heavy in use around here, but tonight was almost off the rails.
Several folks in the neighborhood built their own launcher stands so they could launch groupings, and boy were those impressive. One of the neighbors
deserves infinite applause for grouping ones I wouldn't have considered visually compatible. He did some really awesome sets with those bright, loud
AF flashbang style ones as supplementary detail fireworks in the group. There were four main households that did that launcher stand stuff, and if I
didn't know any better, I'd say they coordinated, too. When one finished, the other would immediately begin, almost as if to prevent a delay in the
visuals, just having them come from a different direction. It was a set turn pattern everyone noticed, House 1, House 2, House 3, House 4, every time.
If they didn't brainstorm this at some point together and it was just a wild coincidence, it was a fantastic coincidence that had the neighbors
buzzing with praise anyway. Well, when they weren't catching flies with their jaws on the floor looking up
It's dying down now, but there's still fireworks going off frequently. Most sound like they're way off in the other neighborhoods, so I think most of
the folks in mine tapped out their stashes earlier.
I have a feeling New Years is going to be even bigger around here -- our usual, easily predictable house in the neighborhood for most excessive
explodey stuff dialed back considerably this year. The neighbors one-upped them in a pretty big way, lol. The husband & wife will try to top tonight
come the next major fireworks holiday (again, New Years) i guarantee it, it's almost like a competition for them.