When I was a child, my father worked for a company that owned a golf club reserved for the use of the employees. Every July 4, they would host a big party which included a golf tournament and ended with fireworks on the first hole of the course. We would all pack up for a day at the club and we socialized and picnicked and played with sparklers while my Dad played in the tournament and THEN headed up a crew of his fellow employees who put on the fireworks display. It wasn’t an extravagant display like the ones put on now by all and sundry, but it was filled with set pieces and lots of big boomers, carefully choreographed so that the display was continuous for about 30 minutes. all After the show, Dad would come walking back up to the first tee where we all were sitting; he would be sooty and sweaty (and once slightly scorched when a rocket took off early and slid up his side). He always had a selection of railroad flares with him (they used these to light the rocket fuses) which he would set them in the ground in our front yard the next evening and light them: our very own private "Fireworks"!
He stopped doing the fireworks when the company sold the club to people who hired a professional to set off the display. When the professional set all the fireworks off in less than five minutes, which was very disappointed to all who watched. The new owners asked my Dad to come back and do the next year's display, but he turned them down, and that was the end of our "private" fireworks displays as well.
when I first met my then-to-be husband, he took me with his family to the local fireworks show put on at the golf course in his home town. And later, after we had moved back to that same town, we would get together with his brother and his family and all go to the University where the town now sets off their annual display. Fireworks on the Fourth: a family tradition for both of us!
Products used in making this card were
- Stamps: Inkadinkado 95524-L; Victorian Originals Small Fireworks (D1422) and Fireworks/Firecracker (H1149)
- Inks: Distress Paint “Picket Fence”; Archival “Vermillion’, “Aquamarine” and “Chrome Yellow”; Distress Markers “Picket Fence” and “Fired Brick”
- Embossing Folders Alterations “Americana Background and Borders” set (657489)
- Papers: The Paper Studio Value Pack “white” and scrap red and blue card stock
- Adhesives: Ranger Collage Glue Stick