Half Moon Bay has a thoroughly wonderful Fourth of July tradition. A committee of citizens sponsors the “Ol’ Fashioned Fourth of July Paarde.” There are kids, pets, fire trucks and the usual parading stuff of small-town America. I don’t know what the whole thing costs but it’s got to be negligible. There are also a couple picnics at a senior services center and the American Legion post.
What we don’t have any more are fireworks. We don’t have them because when we did it was a five-figure expense no one wanted to incur. (It was also once sponsored by a criminal, a fact that spawned one of my more strident editorials. Later, I wrote an editorial suggesting we didn’t need any darn fireworks to celebrate a nation worth celebrating..)
Fireworks feel to me like an anachronism at a time when so many governments are cutting back. It’s just hard to justify spending tens of thousands of dollars for a show that is inherently dangerous and lasts only a few minutes even as the local governments that have traditionally sponsored these events are cutting back on parks, personnel and a range of services. …
You are free to disagree. Are you planning a Fourth of July editorial? I’d like to see what symbolism is important to you and I’d like to see you comment on how your community chooses to celebrate.