Even though it’s been an entire week since the Fourth of July, residents are still hearing fireworks booming late into the night.
Now, when it comes to celebrating the Fourth of July, I’m the first out of the gate to wish everyone happy Independence Day, and I could talk your ear off as to why we celebrate it. This column is not about the celebration thereof, but more about the individuals who use illegal and dangerous fireworks and continue to do so long after the Fourth. Reports are surfacing from all over the state about people being seriously injured, losing fingers or hands, because of those fireworks going off prematurely.
Last week, I stopped by a safe-and-sane fireworks booth in the Safeway parking lot and talked with the workers and those who visited to buy fireworks.
“The celebration started long before the Fourth of July and will continue long after,” said Theresa Lown, a first-grade teacher at Traina School.
Lown was working the fireworks booth, proceeds of which went to the parent club at Traina.
“Hearing those illegal fireworks, my poor little dog was hiding under the dresser and wouldn’t come out,” she said. “After the Fourth of July, it seems people are using up their fireworks. I often see the streets littered with the remains.”
While I was talking with Theresa, one of her former students came by the booth with friends to buy fireworks and support their former middle school.
“I just want to have a good fun and safe time,” Jacob Taloa said. “I saw my neighbor’s house burn down because of fire, and that left an impression on me. It’s the American spirit, but it’s also about being safe.”
Around town this month
As summer kicks into high gear, there are several free activities offered to the public by the city in the next two weeks. A free rock ’n’ roll concert will take place tonight as part of the Downtown Block Party series, at Sixth Street and Central Avenue, from 6 to 9 p.m. If you miss out on this concert, there will be another one next Friday, same place and time, with ’80s-themed music.
The Music in the Park Summer Concert Series also offers free concerts on Thursdays at Lincoln Park, located on Eaton Avenue by the Tracy Branch Library. There are two concerts left in this series, Thursday and July 24. Music starts at 7 p.m. Take your own lawn chairs, blankets and picnic dinner.
Movies on the Plaza will offer a free viewing of “Despicable Me 2” at 6:30 p.m. July 25 outside City Hall at 333 Civic Center Plaza. Take your own blankets, snacks and hot chocolate.
• Anne Marie Fuller, National Mrs. Beauties of the Nation, is the host of “Helpful Hints with Anne Marie” on Channel 26. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.