How far back do you go with the 4th of July?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by 63dot, Jul 4, 2010.

  1. 63dot macrumors 603


    Jun 12, 2006
    First off, happy 4th of July folks. I have seen so many I lost count and to me, it's just another day but was grand when I was young and into safe and sane fireworks (if there is such a thing anymore).

    I remember the 200th birthday for the USA and it was a pretty big event for this day which I don't think I will see for a long time. I remember all the special stamps and coins made for just that year. A great memory was seeing all the ships in New York harbor.

    Let's keep this thread non-political and just memories of this day, good, bad, or indifferent. If you want to push America or diss it, then there's the PRSI section for that. :)

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  2. leomac08 macrumors 68020


    Jul 12, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    I'm going to see the LA Galaxy vs Seattle Sounders FC...... At the home depot center in Los Angeles, CA. After the game there will be a firework show:D

    Great day for fireworks!:D:)
  3. ValSalva macrumors 68040


    Jun 26, 2009
    Burpelson AFB
    I was a schoolchild during the Bicentennial. I remember the rebirth of interest in American history though. Gerald Ford. The upcoming Olympics in Montreal. Good times.
  4. pilotError macrumors 68020


    Apr 12, 2006
    Long Island
    I was a kid during Operation Sail in New York Harbor. We took the boat out and saw all the ships. We approached the Aircraft Carrier (JFK?) and one of the sailors ran down the stairs and grabbed a beer from us. The sailors were standing around the edge of the deck were all sceaming and clapping. Try doing that today, I think you would be just a hole in the water... We watched the ship pass under the Verazzano bridge, it didn't have much head room, as the antennas just made it under. It's just hard to imagine how big one of these things are until your next to one.

    Seeing the Tall ships up close was pretty cool as well. The Tall ship from the Coast Guard (The Eagle?) and some smaller sail ships, I believe one was from Portugal, and a handful of other countries that came to participate.

    I don't think I'll ever forget that.
  5. iBlue macrumors Core


    Mar 17, 2005
    London, England
    Well the last time I was in the US for the 4th of July festivities was 2006 in the Florida Keys. Living in the UK now it was just another day but I still get a twinge of nostalgia.
  6. Tomorrow macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2008
    Always a day away
    Fireworks are totally legal here in our neighborhood, so we went out front in the cul-de-sac and lit 'em up, along with most of the neighborhood. Every year on the 4th it sounds like a warzone outside - and it's awesome. :)
  7. renewed macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2009
    Bemalte Blumen duften nicht.
    Same. We still have a smokey haze over our neighborhood. My neighbors spent $5,000 dollars on them yesterday :eek:... got his drunk a** to show me the receipt lol :D
  8. Ttownbeast macrumors 65816

    May 10, 2009
    Never had fireworks as a kid--this was the unfortunate circumstances of being a kid whose pop was in special forces and came back from Vietnam and was kinda messed up in the head. He did show me how to take out a tuff shed with two M80's one 4th of July though and taught me a little Judo. LOL
  9. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    I remember when I was a kid you could *legally* buy real fireworks like Black Cats, M80's, Roman Candles, Buzz Bombs &c. Now all you can get are the wimpy ones.

    When I lived in Sacramento my roommates and I would have a party every Independence Day and gather $400 to $600 from guests then go to the stands right before closing. We would normally walk out with a $1000+ worth as they were trying to clear the shelves. Then have a huge fireworks show for everyone.

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