The 4th of July just won't be the same without being able to light my own fireworks.
This was the final year Grandview residents could purchase fireworks for their Independence Day celebrations and I am saddened. At least the residents of the community celebrated with a bang.
There was plenty to see this past Wednesday as the aerial fireworks show began in earnest.
When I was growing up in Northern California we weren't able to light aerial fireworks, but we could purchase some of the more common ground fireworks.
Those living in the Lower Yakima Valley cannot even do that next year unless they are on the Yakama Reservation.
It's all because a few citizens complained to the Grandview City Council, stating they felt they were living in a war zone during the 4th of July. Granted, it is quite disturbing if one doesn't put in a pair of earplugs and go out to join in the festivities.
However, I would like to know why those citizens no longer take advantage of celebrating our nation's birth with the rest of their neighbors. Even when I haven't had my own fireworks to ignite, I have grabbed a lawn chair and the hose, parked myself at the end of my driveway and enjoyed the extravaganza. This past Wednesday was no exception, my hose was by my side for my protection and the protection of my neighbors.
It is one day out of the year when we can come together as a community and celebrate the freedoms we enjoy.
Unfortunately, not enough of those citizens who do enjoy Independence Day, celebrating with hundreds of dollars worth of pyrotechnics, voiced themselves at last year's public hearing on the fireworks ban in Grandview.
I also can understand the concerns of those who fear a fire will result from the fireworks. Wednesday night a neighbor in my little corner of Grandview had a mishap that could have ended in disaster.
But, what I witnessed was encouraging. Neighbors ran to assist in extinguishing the blaze that erupted in a hedge.
The community banded together, and that, to me, is a true example of what our country stands for...neighborly love and support.
Maybe our community can band together again...pooling all that money that has been spent each year on personal fireworks for a community fireworks show. It would make for a Grand-view.