The 4th of July for me always started with a week of popping firecrackers. I would steal, beg and borrow money to buy those danged little Black Cats just to set them off. For at least a week or two, the yard would be littered with bits of paper. I can only remember one time when I saw one of those 400 packs of Black Cats go off. It was awesome and there were enough unpopped one's to make a bomb. (That story has been told and I will skip the Denny does stupid here) I really don't remember going to many Fireworks displays as a kid. Mostly we would watch other kids shoot off roman candles as our parents would relay stories of kids that were burnt, maimed and blinded by stupid things done with fireworks. I think I have more scars on my feet from hot sparkler wires than anything. I really don't get off on them now, I wonder why?
My favorite story was the hot 4th of July we spent in Susank. For some reason we went to a drive in theater in Hoisington. They started their display with a large cannon that popped out an American Flag that fell to the ground like a large Flare. It was burning as it fell and it went right into a field next to the drive-in and set a wheat stubble field on fire. For the next half hour or so, the thrill was to watch the volunteer fire department show up and put out the fire. It wasn't any big loss to the farmer but it was fun to watch. By the 4th, most of the wheat harvest is way north in Kansas. I can remember being eaten by the Mosquitoes in Minnesota and once at Fort leavenworth. The display about three miles west of here is pretty good each year at Lake Shawnee. Probably won't go anywhere this year.
Better go plan and clean up to go shopping. Having a tough time deciding if HyVee or Sam's Club has the best meat. For bulk, Sam's Club has the best prices and for Brats, HyVee. Perhaps both...