Tag Archives: Fourth of July

Dreaming of a Cold and Rainy Fourth

Confession time: I’m hoping it rains tomorrow. I know, I know—that’s a terrible thing to say. People have beach plans and grilling plans and fireworks-viewing plans. Me, I have a very beloved ten-year-old dog who is absolutely terrified of anything percussive, and I live in a neighborhood of obnoxious dumbass teenagers who like to blow […]


In Search of Lost Fireworks

July Fourth is one of those Rorschach holidays—it’s pretty much whatever you want to make it. If you’re patriotic, bless your heart, you can celebrate it that way. If you want to go to a party and drink beer and grill, there’s plenty of opportunity for that. You can just kick back and enjoy the […]


Something for the Fourth: The Artillery Book

Where once I was the kind of bad urban teenager who bought paper bags of fireworks from shifty kids in Chinatown dealing out of the back of their parents’ kitchens, now I’m the cranky kind of broad who worries about the neighborhood kids setting her roof on fire, and is just as glad if the […]


Bang! Pierre Le Hors’ Fireworks Studies

Stuck at home on the 4th and I can’t even bring myself to turn on the TV and watch the fireworks. Because really, unless you’re right there, smelling the cordite and oohing and ahhing along with everyone else, what’s the point? They may introduce new versions from year to year, or blend the colors a […]