Curt Yeomans covers government for the Clayton News Daily. He can be reached at via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Everyone loves it when fireworks explode in the sky. The loud bang. All of the brilliant colors shooting across the darkness of night. The occasional crackling of the sparks as they fall back to Earth.
Imagine getting that two nights in a row. Now imagine getting a third show a few nights later.
Yeah, that’s how I rolled on my recent vacation.
It started July 3 with the nighttime fireworks show at Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Virginia. I stood in the market and amusement area of “Germany” and stood with hundreds of other people as bright flashes of red, green, white, blue and purple raced across the sky. Patriotic music was discreetly pumped in through the park’s speaker system to give the show a soundtrack.
The next night, I watched the Virginia Symphony Orchestra perform at Colonial Williamsburg and as it reached the climatic ending of Tchaikovsky’s epic “1812 Overture,” the fireworks began shooting overhead for a 20-minute show. I think they could have used the orchestra better to tie into the fireworks though because the “1812 Overture” was their final song of the night.
The fireworks show had no musical accompaniment except for the first couple of rockets that exploded just as the orchestra hit the final few notes. But as one person later said, “They just let fireworks speak for themselves.”
To be fair, everyone was pretty impressed by the show. There were lots of color, lots of boom and the Colonial Williamsburg Drum and Fife Corps led attendees to the old Virginia Capitol building by torch light afterwards.
As an added bonus, I got to see a delayed Fourth of July fireworks show from I-285 in DeKalb County as I was coming home July 7. OK, it wasn’t exactly like standing and watching the shows at Busch Gardens or Colonial Williamsburg, but fireworks are fireworks. You don’t have to hear the boom or any musical accompaniment to enjoy them.
And while I saw it from the highway and was not there to take in a long show, I still count it as a show I got to see that week.
So, yeah, I view it as getting to see three fireworks shows in less than a week.
Curt Yeomans is a Senior Reporter for the Clayton News Daily and an avid traveler. He can be reached at (770) 478-5753, ext. 247, via Email at email@example.com or on Twitter at @CYeomansCND.