Does anyone really think fireworks are all that special anymore? We hit the beach tonight for the Marco Island Fireworks Spectacular. There were some big ones. Rockets red glare. Ones that looked like stars. Others that looked like sparkly weeping willow trees. Big, bright, loud ones. Ones that seemed to chase themselves to the moon.
Know what my kids were doing? Playing in a hole in the sand.
I don’t know exactly when it happened, but sometime in the past 10-15 years, fireworks have lost their appeal.
My kids stopped watching after about 5 minutes. A young girl standing with her family close to ours said, after about 8 minutes “okay…can we go now?” Even though there were probably 300 people standing on the same beach tonight and watching the same show, most people seemed to be more interested in what they were going to do ‘after’ the show was over. Kids were about as interested in the fireworks as they are in a math test on the last day of school.
The thing is…fireworks just aren’t that special anymore. Twenty years ago, my generation, we saw fireworks once a year. Today, you can see them on a Tuesday night in May at a minor league baseball game. You can see them in your backyard on New Year’s Eve. You can even see them on your laptop computer.
You can now buy better fireworks than some small towns could get in 1990. And they cost under $100. Sure the big shows have gotten better, but is anyone noticing? When I was a kid we’d talk about the fireworks on the way home. “My favorite was the one that looked like a football”. “Oh yeah, well I liked the one that shot up about 20 blue screamers. I swear one of those came right by my head!”
My kids were saying things like “can we go back to the pool?” and “what’s on tv tonight?”.
Hard to impress. At 9 and 6, they’ve seen it all.