I'm someone who just likes to handle sparklers on the 4th of July. The bigger things scare me a little (or a lot), and they best be set off by someone at a distance.
In the 1980's, when I was a catering waitress, I did a job on a Brooklyn pier during the Statue of Liberty Bicentennial. From early moring till after the fireworks show, I worked hard to feed and clean up after people, dishing out hot food from a row or twenty or so firing sternos.
But come the end of the night, I was able to sit on the edge of the pier, and watch the firework display. The Spanish ships docked beside me on one side o the pier, and the SS Colorado on the other side. The ships had come in the the celebration.
It was quite a long, but rewarding day. I remember the pay was good.
Happy 4th of July to all my American friends.
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