The 4th of July is by far my favorite holiday. It’s perfect. It’s hot. The day is long. The food is great, and most importantly there are fireworks! I love fireworks, and I love to light the fuse.
I was fortunate to grow up in a very small town in the Texas Panhandle, Wheeler. June 26th was the first legal day fireworks could be sold, and I couldn’t wait to get on my bike and ride to the fireworks stand. The next 9 days would be glorious, the smell of fireworks smoke filling the air accompanied by pops and booms all over town. My uncle Tommy had quite a bit of fun helping me come up with inventive ways to shoot off fireworks.
I haven’t seen this particular firework sold in quite a while, the Texas Twister. Some of you may remember it, but for those who don’t it is a simple tube that you light on the ground. It scoots along the ground blaring a squeal for about 10 seconds and finishes with a big pop. Do you know what makes Texas Twisters really cool? You tape them to an arrow, light them, and then fire the arrow as high as you can right before it goes off. I don’t know how many arrows I went through as a kid, but it sure was fun.
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It’s disappointing these days living in a city where my kids aren’t able to enjoy fireworks like I did as a kid. I could literally walk outside my door and start lighting things up with not a care in the world. Every couple of years though my family has been able to enjoy the 4th of July in Wheeler. We definitely make up for the years we aren’t able to shoot off fireworks when we are there.
There is just something kids love about holding a lit punk, match, or lighter to a fuse. Then you see the spark, smoke, and hiss once it is lit, and you run for your life! I still feel like a 10 year old when I’m lighting fireworks, and now the best part when we get to do it is that I’m doing it with my best friends, my family.
I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July this year!