Rory and Mandy say Happy 231st, America!

Jul 4, 2007 at 7:08 PM
We drove to CoosBay last night to watch the fireworks show at the Indian Casino. The girls didn't want to watch from the casino parking lot so we eventually pulled in to a railroad track gravel area next to a dock. .

First came sparklers, while we waited for the show to begin.

We were highly entertained by a large number of locals setting off their own fireworks around us, both on the water in front of us and across the street in the parking lot. We had no idea if we'd even be able to see the show when it started.

Everyone else there was in a big shiny SUV and I was driving the beater, so I was not initially welcomed. It is odd how many people judge me offhand because of the car I'm driving.

We turned out to be in view of the barge sending up the fireworks, and when the show started, we were pleasantly surprised to be close enough to enjoy and far enough not to be bothered by the noise.

In the midst of this fireworks show last, the girls started hugging me and singing:

Oh, Beautiful for spacious skies,
For Amber waves of grain!
For purple mountains majesty
Above the fruited plain.
America, America,
God shed His Grace on thee.
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

Then they hugged each other and pretended to be conjuring the fireworks into existence.

The entire crowd of SUV people turned and clapped for my girls' singing.

We also beat the rush home, because we were parked along the highway and jumped right into the car when the show ended.

The girls fell asleep as we drove home. All together a nice Independence Day fireworks show.