Credit where credit is due. The fireworks display from Washington, as seen on PBS (the one Republicans want to kill) was impressive. There was harmony between what one saw and what one heard. It looked like someone with imagination was involved.
It was an admirable display.
Anyone that has witnessed New Year fireworks in Sydney or London, will surely have been disappointed by the 4th of July display in Miami.
Is this one more example of fading American glory? It should be a celebration of the country's most significant day, but was without imagination or impact. Perhaps economic crises played a role After all, who should pay for something that merely goes up in smoke? (War is a different matter, because a lot of people make a lot of money). I'm sure that politicians argue and point fingers.
As I watched the colorful display in sky over Miami Harbor and distant bursts over South Beach, a line from an old Doris Day song kept springing to mind: "Is that all there is?" Ce sera.
At least the show was over shortly past nine, better than having to wait until midnight as happened in Sydney. But, the wait was worth it...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.