I can't stand it.
It's not that I don't like the sensational burst of patriotic red, white and blue in the night sky, feeling the boom in my chest as each one goes off, anticipating the glorious burst then watching as it drips and drops into the soft edges of the skyline. Once, Rob and I were on our way back to Val's house after seeing a movie when we spotted fireworks being shot off in the distant sky. We quickly pulled the car over and enjoyed the show on a grassy hill of the golf course adjacent to the theater. Other people did the same: a couple here, a family of four there, spilled out of their cars to catch the sight. All gathered at the spur of the moment to enjoy just that- a fleeting moment in time. No haggling for space or hours waiting. A surprise fireworks show glimpsed between the trees on a warm summer night. Now that's my kind of experience.
So, I say "No, Thank you." to the damp, salty, night air, the whiny, tired children, the loud drunks and the sand fleas. I will avoid the massive crowd at all costs again, this year. Perhaps, from another part of town, in my travels this summer, I will by chance see some explosions of color in the night sky. Until then, I will continue to listen to the Falmouth fireworks in the far distance on the 4th of July.
Patriotic Fireworks Bark
2 packages red Pop Rocks
2 packages blue Pop Rocks
Heat oven to 300 degrees
Pour white chocolate chips onto a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Heat chocolate in oven for 3-5 minutes until the chips begin to melt. Remove from oven and smooth out chocolate with a rubber spatula. Sprinkle Pop Rocks on top. Slide chocolate covered parchment off pan and allow to cool completely. Once cool and dry, break up chocolate into large pieces. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.